More than 1,000 celebrate Mo Lucas on Father’s Day

Members of the Mo Lucas Foundation Yette Dancers make their way down Trade Street during the Mo Lucas Father’s Day Parade. (Photos by Tevin Stinson)

More than 1,000 celebrate Mo Lucas on Father’s Day
June 23
07:45 2016

More than 1,000 people from near and far filled the streets of downtown Winston-Salem in support of the Annual Moses “Mo” Lucas Father’s Day Parade and Cookout.

The parade, led by The Mo Lucas Community Foundation’s Yette Dancers and Boss Drummers, began on Trade Street and snaked its way to Spruce Street, where a festival-like event was held to honor Lucas, 89.

The Carolina Stars, Winston-Salem High Steppers, Winston-Salem Tar Heel Cheerleaders and a number of car and motorcycle clubs in the area also participated in the third annual parade. The Winston-Salem Fire Department and Police Department participated as well.

If you’re making a list of the most well-known people in Winston-Salem, Lucas is sure to be near the top of the list.

A retired Army veteran, Lucas spent more than 60 years serving children at the YMCA through his step team that performed in countless parades across the state and country, and various other programs at YMCA branches on Trade Street and at Winston Lake.

As he rode through the streets, shouts of “Thanks, Mo” could be heard from blocks away. A number of residents who attended the parade mentioned Lucas was like a father. Josh Thompson said that even to this day, he looks at Lucas as one of his role models.

“Growing up, Mo was the person that everybody looked up to and went to for advice,” said Thompson as he stood on the corner enjoying the parade, held on Sunday, June 19.

“He is a legend in this city, and to see him honored like this means a lot to me, and I know he appreciates everyone coming out to show support and give thanks.”

Monte Odom, who joined the step team when he was 8 years old, said he never would have made it if it wasn’t for the guidance he received from Lucas at the Y.

“For many of us in the community, Mo is the only father we’ve ever known,” Odom said.

Following the parade, supporters of the event gathered at the Winston Square Amphitheater, where they were treated to free food and entertainment. The gathering also gave residents an opportunity to personally thank Lucas for his hard work and dedication in improving the lives of children in the community.

Between performances, Lucas himself took to the stage to thank everyone for coming out. As he was escorted to the stage, Lucas received a standing ovation from the throngs in attendance.  He said seeing the children perform and march through the streets brought back a lot of memories.

“I am very proud to be here today,” he said. “It brings a tear to my eye because I have seen so many children grow up and go on to accomplish amazing things.

“Today is a very special day for me. I thank you all for being here.”

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