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Updated: 04/07/2014 05:27:36PM

A parade for the community

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Punta Gorda native "Big John" Lloyd (center) stands with riders from Bob and Jane's Horse Ranch in Arcadia Monday, just before the group rode their horses in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade through downtown Punta Gorda.

Bob Washburn and his wife, Jane, (top right) have been friends with Lloyd for the better part of 15 years. When Lloyd asked them to join the festivities, the couple immediately agreed.

"We can't hardly get no one to walk in the parade, but this year we have lots of riders and that's makes me proud," Lloyd said. "We want to show love for one another. that was Dr. King's message."

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Longtime friends John Lloyd of Punta Gorda (left) and Bob Washburn of Arcadia (right) participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Punta Gorda Monday. The two men have a deep love for horses, rodeos and the great outdoors.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — Like Danny Glover in the 1985 American Western movie “Silverado,” “Big John” Lloyd mounts his beloved horse and, bullwhip in hand, sets out across town in a galloping blaze.

For years, the Punta Gorda native has participated in the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, riding through city streets atop his horse, cracking his whip and waving at the sparse crowd gathered along the parade route to pay tribute to this nation’s greatest civil rights leader.

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