Smaller crowds watch MLK parade

Cool weather didn’t stop James Hutchins from enjoying the Martin Luther King Jr. parade Saturday afternoon in downtown Columbus.

Hutchins, 52, worked earlier in the day then came down to watch the floats and bands strut their stuff.

“It’s perfect,” Hutchins said. “The weather is above freezing.”

There were fewer spectators lining the streets than past years as the parade crossed the Chattahoochee River from Phenix City into Columbus.

Curtis Austin, with 100.7 FM, was riding the parade route in a truck.

“There are smaller crowds,” Austin said as he rode down Broadway. “I think it’s the weather.”

He also said a lot of people who would normally watch the parade or participate were in Washington D.C. or on the way to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama.