About 40 entries, including four high school bands, are expected in Saturday's parade as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Main Street.

Bands from Philadelphia, Canton, Velma Jackson and Holmes County high schools will participate in the parade.

The Martin Luther King Celebration will continue on Monday with a program set for 1 p.m. at Westside Community Center featuring Shaun Seales and the Rev. Steve Mosley as guest speakers.

Eva Y. Tisdale, parade coordinator, said the annual MLK parade was changed from Monday to Saturday in order to attract more interest.

"The parade has continued to grow and improve in quality and content since its inception," she said. "We want to make sure all people, no matter their differences, understand the importance of remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

She encourages more organizations to participate.

"Participating in the event is not only great fun but it also provides you with an excellent way to promote your organization or business at a minimal cost," she said.

The entrance fee is $25.

For more information contact Tisdale at 601-479-1370 or Tan Houston, 601-575-0909, Arlene Brass, 601-656-8206 or Marissa Bennett at 601-562-4287.

The parade will follow the same route as in past years: starting on Poplar Avenue; turning west on Main Street; north on Byrd Avenue; east onto Beacon Street; north on Church Avenue; west on Myrtle Street; and north on Byrd, disbanding at Philadelphia High School.