On Saturday, Jan. 18, Charlotte held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. had the opportunity to serve as one of the Grand Marshals for the event.
More than 90 community organizations, marching bands, and step and drill teams participated. Floats consisted of the student winners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MLK Art and Writing Contests, local performance group and "American's Got Talent" quarter finalist Inspire the Fire, and "The Band" Marching Unit, an award-winning group from Baltimore, Md., Amanda McCoy, the 2013 Miss Black USA also made an appearance.
Accompanying Wallace Jr. in his Grand Marshal position was Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Wallace shared an excited tweet with his followers before the event.
This morning I have the honor of being the Grand Marshal for the MLK parade here in CLT!— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) January 18, 2014
As well as a picture of himself riding in front of the parade.
I might've been frozen at this point. Awesome experience! pic.twitter.com/puklFUtcDo— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) January 18, 2014
In 2013 at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace Jr. became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since 1963.