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'Parade of Nations' seeks participants

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

The Star Spangled Spectacular wants you - and your cultural pride.

A "Parade of Nations" will again be a feature of the big parade for the Fourth of July event. Everyone is welcome to march and represent their national or ethnic heritage - whether they are newly-arrived immigrants, or from stock with many generations of American history behind them.

According to Parade of Nations coordinators Chuck and Carla Offenburger, "almost anything goes." Marchers are welcome to share banners, flags, posters, ethnic outfits and family-friendly humor.

The parade is a mile long, beginning at Circle Park at 10:30 a.m.

"It's important to have all our heritages represented in this special display of our ethnic and cultural diverities," the Offenburgers said.

Sign boards will be provided for the nationalities that have been represented in the parade in the past, and new ones will be added for any new groups that let the organizers know of their intentions to join. Anyone wishing to make a more elaborate participation with a float or vehicle should also call 732-9617 so that organizers will be able to plan the parade.

By some estimates, there are well over 30 different nationalities represented in the community. It is important to have as much participation in the Parade of Nations as possible.

"It gives us all a chance to demonstrate our ability to live and work together while celebrating the differences in our nationalities, ethnicity and cultures," the Offenburgers said.

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