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Parade draws patriotic crowd

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade drew big crowds to Main Avenue Thursday morning in Park Rapids. Instead of being held in the afternoon as been the tradition in years past, the parade started at 11 a.m. The weather was perfect, with blue sk...

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Enjoying their first 4th of July parade in downtown Park Rapids, 9-month-old Josie Kimball and her cousin Everly Lageson are both from Park Rapids. Their little wagon gave them some shade from the warm sunshine.

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade drew big crowds to Main Avenue Thursday morning in Park Rapids.

Instead of being held in the afternoon as been the tradition in years past, the parade started at 11 a.m.

The weather was perfect, with blue skies and a cooling breeze, in spite of earlier forecasts that called for rain.

While some people were not in favor of the time change, others said they liked being able to come into town and then go back to have lunch and spend time on the lake before returning for the fireworks. Customers packed downtown restaurants for a bite or cool refreshing beverage and explored shops in the area before returning home.

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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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