Voters select a parade theme

Published 10:36 am Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The theme for this year’s Third of July Parade will be “Red, White and Blue Old Time Traditions,” the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

The theme was selected through polls on both the chamber and the Tribune websites, which asked people to choose their favorite theme out of a dozen choices.

Almost 500 votes were received through both sources.

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Results were:

• Red, White and Blue Old Time Traditions, 134 votes

• The Many Faces of America’s Freedom, 92 votes

• “Happy Days,” 56 votes

• 1950s Theme, 39 votes

• TV shows of the ’70s and ’80s, 33 votes

• Flee to Albert Lea, 28 votes

• Red, White and Blue Hollywood Style, 24 votes

• Fantastic Adventures in American History, 23 votes

• Every Star Counts, 20 votes

• Pioneering Families, 19 votes

• TV Characters Patriotic Style, 9 votes

• Agree to See Albert Lea, 8 votes

“I think it’s going to be a good patriotic theme,” said Chamber of Commerce Operations Manager Tami Jensen.

Parade participants will decorate their floats according to the theme. Applications are available online at under the “Events & Links” tab.

Parade themes in the last seven years were “Celebrating Our Armed Forces” in 2012, “Freeborn County, Past, Present and Future” in 2011, “Hometown Heroes” in 2010, “Heart of America” in 2009, “Echoes of the Past” in 2008, “American Moments” in 2007 and “Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future” in 2006.