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Red, white and blue all over

Albert Lea residents turn out to watch annual parade

 

Albert Lea residents can’t stop the feeling of the Fourth of July, celebrated with the annual Third of July parade Tuesday night.

The parade opened with a vintage police car carrying McGruff the Crime Dog and continued with several groups recognizing military service members. Also in the parade were area fire departments, the Marching Tigers and several area businesses.

Ruth Perry, a veteran who served in the United States Air Force, was this year’s grand marshall.

“I think, if anything, I would say there seems to be a few more commercial units this year,” said Tom Jones, who is involved in organizing the parade.

According to Jones, the parade featured close to 90 units in total. Funds also allowed many of the paid units — part of the parade in previous years — to be brought back again, including the NRHEG marching band, three Shrine Clubs and the Jim Lawrence Orchestra from Mankato.

Owatonna resident Nikki Hable is originally from Albert Lea and came back with family members for the parade.

“(It’s) just a nice parade, family-oriented,” Hable said.

Cody Hall asid he comes to the parade for his kids, who like the lights, sirens and candy.

“Seeing my kids enjoy it — I mean, that’s the reason why we come,” said Jessica Adams.

Dancers from Unlimited Possibilities Dance Studio perform in the Third of July Parade Tuesday in Albert Lea. – Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Parade winners

Commercial

1. Hubbard Insurance Agency

2. Biz Wiz Marketing

Nonprofit

1. St. John’s

2. Good Samaritan Society

Youth

1. St. Theodore School

2. The Meraki Studios

Overall winner

St. John’s

The NRHEG marching band took part in this year’s Third of July Parade. – Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

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