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Thousands enjoy Nisswa Freedom Days parade despite overcast skies

Spectators waited for hours for the best view of the floats and trucks - and the best chance to score big bags of candy.

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A young girl reaches for a flag to wave during the Nisswa Freedom Days Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
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A rainy morning and cloudy evening did not stop the Nisswa Freedom Days parade on Sunday, July 3.

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The Nisswa American Legion led the parade on July 3, 2022.
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The Nisswa American Legion Color Guard led the parade, which featured local royalty, businesses, nonprofits and other community groups and representatives. Some spectators camped out for nearly three hours to get the best spots along the quarter-mile route down Main Street.

Children scrambled for candy, and people of all ages were sprayed with water from water guns floats and fire hoses from local fire department vehicles.

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When it came to grabbing candy, it didn't matter who your friends were during the Sunday, July 3, 2022, Nisswa Freedom Days Parade.
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The Brophy group, wearing matching Fourth of July gear, waits for the Nisswa Freedom Days Parade to start Sunday, July 3, 2022.
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The Brophy group gathered in front of Big Axe Brewery in matching Fourth of July T-shirts and Uncle Sam hats, some driving over 20 hours from Connecticut to see friends, family and the Nisswa parade. An older gentleman in the group said the Nisswa parade reminded him of the parades he went to when he was a child.

"All these people are happy. They're all smiling. This is perfect," he said.

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Another member of the group perhaps put it best.

"It's friendly. It's fun," she said.

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Megan Buffington, Echo Journal intern, may be reached at 218-855-5854 or megan.buffington@pineandlakes.com . She is a 2021 Pequot Lakes High School graduate who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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