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Summer Starter Parade kicks off season in Mission Township

Parade followed by free root beer floats at Mission Park previously was a July 4 event

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Mickie Kallevig holds Mattie Kallevig, 1, so Mattie could get the full enjoyment out of her free root beer float served June 11, 2022, at Mission Park after the Summer Starter Parade in Mission Township. The Kallevigs live in Pequot Lakes.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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MISSION TOWNSHIP — Parade attendees were ready to get summer started if the Mission Township Summer Starter Parade was any indication.

On Saturday, June 11, parade-goers didn't let the weather deter them from enjoying the parade. Instead they donned their rain gear and enjoyed the show.

After the parade, free root beer floats were served at Mission Park.

This event replaced the annual Fourth of July parade that was held in previous years.

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A bit of rain didn’t stop these hardy individuals from enjoying their root beer floats. The free floats, served after the Mission Township Summer Starter parade June 11, 2022, are a summer ritual for area residents.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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Ximena Hansen, 2, of Wilmar, was visiting friends in Breezy Point when she stopped by the Summer Starter Parade on June 11, 2022, in Mission Township to see how many goodies she could grab.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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Kayla Very, 5, of Mission Township, blocked the noise from the fire trucks as she tried her best to gather up the candy being thrown from the Summer Starter Parade participants June 11, 2022, in Mission Township.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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The Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion float was decked out in red, white and blue and the float riders threw Frisbees to the kids along the Summer Starter Parade route June 11, 2022, in Mission Township.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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A classic lakes area bird – the common loon - rode down the Summer Starter Parade route in a fishing boat June 11, 2022, in Mission Township.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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Decked out in rain coats and carrying umbrellas, area residents didn’t let a drizzle of rain prevent them from enjoying Mission Township’s Summer Starter Parade on Saturday, June 11, at Mission Park.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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With his hooded rain jacket with bug eyes, Ty Zastrow, 3, who lives in Mission Township, was prepared for anything the weather and the Summer Starter Parade threw his way June 11, 2022, in Mission Township.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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