Perfect weather greeted the annual parade which kicked off the Coon Rapids Fourth of July celebration the early evening of July 3.
Temperatures were in the low 80s with sunny skies and low humidity.
Contrast that with a year ago when temperatures hovered around the 100-degree mark and the humidity was high.
This year’s parade, which was sponsored by the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, had some 60 units and no political candidates since 2013 is an off-election year.
The route did not deviate from prior years. Parade units left Sand Creek Park on 113th Avenue following 113th to Kumquat Street, where the parade headed north to Northdale Boulevard before traveling on Northdale west back to Sand Creek Park.
Neighborhood residential streets were closed off for the early evening parade as was the section of Northdale from Xeon Street to Foley Boulevard that was impacted by the parade.
The detour route sent traffic north on Xeon to 121st Avenue, then east to Foley and south back to Northdale.
Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise led the parade in one of the police department’s SUVs followed by a color guard comprising members of the Coon Rapids American Legion and Coon Rapids VFW and their ladies auxiliaries.
The Coon Rapids Snowflake Days float featured Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallis, Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers, members of the Coon Rapids Junior Royalty and Coon Rapids Senior King and Queen Roger and Jeannie Wolfgram.
The parade also featured two bands – Coon Rapids and Forest Lake high schools – and floats with royalty from other communities, including Blaine, East Bethel, St. Francis, Northeast Minneapolis and Oakdale.
Several community organizations and businesses had units in the parade.
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