King Day and Inauguration Day

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Montgomery has two competing parades lined up for Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 -- one honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the other celebrating Governor-elect Riley.

Representatives of the Riley inauguration and the Montgomery Improvement Association both said they have city parade permits for Jan. 20, with the two overlapping from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Both permits are for Dexter Avenue, the main downtown street that ends at the Capitol.

State Representative Alvin Holmes had offered to cancel the King parade if Riley's parade included a float honoring King and if his inaugural ceremony included a three-minute speech by the president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, 92-year-old civil rights leader Johnnie Carr.

But Holmes said Riley's inaugural chairman, state Representative Mike Hubbard, called him Thursday to say the Montgomery Improvement Association could have a float in Riley's parade, but there was no offer for a speech by Carr. Holmes said he told Hubbard that was unacceptable and the King parade would proceed.

Hubbard said he wants to keep the noon inaugural ceremony focused on Riley and the state's other new constitutional officers, who will be taking their oaths of office.

The Riley team has also planned a ceremony for the morning of Jan. 20 to honor King at his old church, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, near the Capitol. Hubbard said the speakers have not been arranged, but it would be appropriate to include Carr.