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Parade participants ready under the sun

A clown cools people off during the July 4 parade in Plattsburgh.

A clown cools people off during the July 4 parade in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

“It’s so cool, because you get to walk around and hand out candy, and you get to carry a banner,” said Celeste Luk, 8.

Brooke Boyea, also 8, was most excited about riding the miniature horse.

“I’ve never ridden in a parade before.”

Spectators gathered on either side of the road, up and down the parade route, some shielding themselves under the shade of a tree, though most stood under the sun, steadily wiping sweat from their eyes as the hottest time of the day arrived.

The flashing lights of a Plattsburgh City Police Department SUV started the parade, followed by the fire department and the Police Pipes and Drums.

Various themes filled the parade line, including War of 1812 reenactors, Plattsburgh’s Lumber Jills, the Lucid bus, local dance groups, soldiers and area businesses, with many people tossing candy to children as they passed.

The parade ended with a line of old cars revving their engines up the street.

Children slept on their parents shoulders, some in strollers, beaten by the sun, their tummies full of candy, as spectators turned to go home and prepare for the fireworks later that evening.

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