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Patriotism on parade

Isabella Martin helped her dad John, an employee at Citizens National Bank, hand out candy alongside the bank's parade float. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)1 / 7
Honor the Earth's "Water is Life" display included large puppets from Minnesota artists as well as ponies and mermaids of the lakes of Northern Minnesota. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)2 / 7
Steve E., an employee at Walmart Supercenter cruised down Main Street in Park Rapids on a flag adorned scooter, full of enthusiasm for the crowd during Tuesday's Fourth of July Parade. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)3 / 7
The Park Rapids Fire Department proved to be the biggest and the loudest throughout the parade with their lights and sirens on full display. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)4 / 7
Hundreds of kids lined the streets along the parade route with empty bags in hand anxious to collect candy. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)5 / 7
The Bearly Used Thrift Store showed their patriotism Tuesday afternoon with a float fully loaded with American flags. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)6 / 7
The Park Rapids American Legion Post 212 Color Guard, Star of the North Marine Corp League, the Park Rapids American Legion Post 212 American Auxiliary, the Park Rapids Post 212 Sons of the American Legion and the Park Rapids Boy Scout Troop 58 led the the parade. (Nicole Vik/Enterprise)7 / 7

The Park Rapids 4th of July parade drew a record 80 entries this year as spectators packed the downtown streets. Teresa Leshovsky from the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce announced the parade from the stage on Main. "The weather was perfect for the parade and we had a fantastic turn out for attendance!" Along with the numerous local businesses and organizations handing out candy, freeze pops and other tasty treats the New York Mills Marching Band and three area pageant royalties participated.