Bridge Crossing Jubilee parade and festival

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Selma, AL (WSFA) - The Bridge Crossing Jubilee continues this weekend in Selma.

Saturday, folks took part in a parade and festival in downtown.

The events are all leading up to tomorrow's march--a time to remember one of the most important events in the Civil Rights Movement.

WSFA 12 News spoke with folks who'd come from as far as Ohio to take part in this weekend's events.

Saturday's festivities took a tone of celebration, as hundreds enjoyed live music and entertainment.

Many described the atmosphere as symbolic, and an opportunity to show appreciation for those who paved the way for equal rights.

And as the time grows closer to Sunday's famous Bridge Crossing, it's a chance for some to walk the same path they walked 45 years ago.

Linda English said, "I marched back then when Martin Luther King, Jr. came through.  I was in the projects with a little green coat on, and I was 10 years old.  We marched across the bridge, and we saw the white horses and the tear gas, and I was there."

Valdis Granville said, "Our forefathers fought for our freedom and for our rights for many years.  We thank God for this opportunity for people to come together and celebrate this great occasion."

The bridge crossing re-enactment is Sunday at 2:30 PM on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Organizers will also reveal the Bloody Sunday exhibit during that time.

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