JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The route of the Martin Luther King Day Parade in Jonesboro is changing after more than ten years.
Chairman of the MLK Parade, Ray Scales, says the decision to change the route this year is a good one.
"Because of the overpass that the city and the state of Arkansas and the different officials worked so hard to get it renamed in King's honor, " Scales said. "You know, it's our way of saying thank you because everyone worked so hard to make it happen. Even if we don't do it this way again next year, we've done it this way at least once."
The 2012 Martin Luther King Day Parade will begin at the Fullness of Joy Church located on Race Street.
It will travel over the Martin Luther King overpass and go to the Christ Way United Methodist Church on Stadium.
Something else added this year to the parade are buses.
"We're going to have three buses bringing people over to the Fullness of Joy Church, " Scales stated. "We'll have one bus picking up people at the New Mount Zion Church on Allen Road. A second bus will be taking passengers at the New St. John Missionary Baptist located at Main and Ward. The last bus will be at the First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street. So, people can park their vehicles at any of these three churches and ride over."
A number of additional events will be taking place throughout the day.
For instance, the African American Museum will be open to the public for touring.
Ball games will also be taking place at City Team Ministries and the public is invited to come out to Centennial Hall at Arkansas State University at noon to listen to Senator Linda Pondexter Chesterfield speak.
The Martin Luther King Day Parade will begin at ten in the morning.