Building a sense of pride and unity within residents of South Jackson; that was the main goal of a parade held Saturday afternoon.
The sound of music from a high school marching band echoed through the streets. It was followed by dozens of floats and people in vehicles excited about the South Jackson Unity and Proud Parade.
City Councilman Aaron Banks was one of the sponsors of this event.
“We need to do something for South Jackson," said Banks. "We are tired of the perception that everything that goes on is bad and that is absolutely not true. South of Jackson is a wonderful place to live.”
Earnest Ward also helped organize the parade. He is the president of The Association of South Jackson Neighborhoods.
“We are proud of South Jackson," said Ward. "We have some good people here and we want people to know there are some great things still happening in South Jackson.”
Both Ward and Banks say as they continue to promote this part of town, it is important that citizens also find solutions to help grow South Jackson and combat crime.
“I want the community to come out, so people can get to know their neighbors," said Banks. "When people get to know their neighbors, if they see something they will know who to say something to, so we're just excited about what is going to happen.”
An excitement shared by many in the community who are now committed to making the area a better place to live, work, and play.
“We needed this to spark our neighborhood and make it viable for people to invest in it," said a resident. "It will be a great start if we all come together and show what we have to offer in our community.”
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