North Charleston will hold its first Martin Luther King Jr. parade next Saturday the 26th, or five days after Monday’s holiday.

Organizer the Rev. Samuel Dennis said the significance of the later event is that the remembrance should go beyond more than the one day official recognition.

The parade event has been three years in the development, and nearly three-dozen floats and parade entries are set, Dennis added.

The parade begins at 11 a.m., the 26th, and starts at Rivers and Durant avenues. The route will travel Durant to Park Circle, for about 1.3 miles of parade. Afterward, there will be a unity service by NAACP leader Nelson Rivers III, games, an old car show, food and other entertainment.

Other events include on Thursday, a 6 p.m. unity service at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 1561 Mosstree Road, and Friday at 6 p.m., a business mixer followed by a dance at Aria restaurant and lounge on Dorchester Road at Interstate 526.

For more information contact Dennis at 209-4825.