People pack King Street for MLK Jr. parade

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) -- Sharing Inauguration Day is the holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual parade, held in King's honor, marched down King Street Monday morning.

The Charleston community came out in big numbers to celebrate King's birthday, but for those who come every year, it had an even deeper meaning.

People packed the sidewalks for a day to remember the service and sacrifice given by one man.

"The dream that Martin Luther King told us, that we would see one day, it came to pass, it came to pass and it makes us happy," said Mary Cason.

Cason makes it out to the parade each year. She's a Burke High School graduate so she's been doing it a long time. Her front row view on King Street is the same spot she finds year after year.

And this parade, much like the one four years ago, comes with added appreciation.

"This is a day I though I would never see," she said. "And by giving [President Barack] Obama a second chance, it's more meaningful this time," she said.

For others, the parade's purpose was just as powerful. Mary Brisbane watched with a picture of Dr. King close in her hand, and close to her heart.

"I will always remember what he did," said Brisbane.

She said King's work and message assured new opportunities and rights for millions of Americans.

"People are able to do things that they could not do, they can vote now," Brisbane said,

The parade started at 11 a.m. at Burke High School and finished at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley was the parade marshal.