Participants in Special Olympics were honored Wednesday in Meridian as they prepare for statewide competition.
Local law enforcement gathered for a torch parade to kick off the event.
Usually, officers run from downtown to College Park, but due to the weather, the event became a vehicle parade through town.
Lauderdale County Deputy Ricardo Clayton says it's important that these competitors know they are supported.
"Special Olympics gives a great opportunity. So many times some of our athletes with intellectual disabilities, and some times those with physical limitations are left out of your everyday sports," said Clayton. "Special Olympics allows them to compete and be successful. So it's important to support them and let them know we are behind them. I think it's an important thing."
The parade ended with a rally held for the children.
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