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Mandan 4th of July Parade

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No city in North Dakota celebrates Independence Day as enthusiastically as Mandan. The rodeo, parade, art in the park, legion baseball and the annual fireworks display are just a few of the activities that bring thousands of people to town to participate in patriotism.

An early morning thunderstorm that was forecasted, delayed the start of the 132nd annual Mandan 4th of July parade for about an hour. But it did not dampen the spirits of people who showed up early on main street to get a good seat for the spectacle.

"We thought it would probably clear up, give it a good chance, and it looks good now," said spectator Roger Will.

The United States Navy's color guard got the parade started followed by a float representing the USS North Dakota nuclear submarine lead.

Sheri Eckart makes a 200 mile trip from West Fargo to Mandan every 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day.

"We come back every year. The kids love it and it is just nice to come back," said spectator Sheri Eckart.

Melissa Gibson of Bismarck line the parade route for the first time this year.

"I love bands, marching bands are my favorite thing so that's what I come to any parade to see," said spectator Melissa Gibson.

Tom Hanson of Mandan has made this event a part of his patriotic salute the past 71 years.

"I have not missed any. We love it. It is just part of life," said spectator Tom Hanson.

"Have a great 4th of July guys," said Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota.

The first Mandan Independence Parade marched through town in 1881. This years theme was "Our Home, North Dakota" and police estimate 20,000 people lined up to watch this year's event.

The Mandan fourth of July celebration continues tonight with a rodeo and fireworks display.

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