The Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance will wrap up its annual observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today with a parade and closing program in downtown Beaufort.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Rodgers Street, according to the Rev. Dr. Elijah Washington of the Ministerial Alliance, a nondenominational group of ministers.
Because of a scheduling conflict, the traditional closing program -- usually held immediately after the parade -- will not begin until 2 p.m. this year at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center, Washington said.
Former Beaufort County public schools superintendent Herman Gaither will give the keynote address.
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"The whole (program) is about keeping the dream alive," Washington said.
King celebrations fall on the same day this year as the city's 300th anniversary of its charter.
A city birthday party is at 4:30 p.m. today.
The scheduling issue arose when someone booked the performing arts center for a tricentennial-related event.