The Herald Bulletin

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July 5, 2014

Pendleton’s parade a patriotic success

PENDLETON, Ind. — Kaylee Smith is seven years old, but the little girl was quick to express her opinion about the town’s Fourth of July parade on Friday.

“It was amazingish,” she said.

Smith said she has been in parades and watched parades and, for her, there is no question which is better.

“Watching it,” she squealed. “It was fun because people threw candy.”

Participating in parades was as much fun, Smith said. That is because while she was given plenty of candy to throw, she only had two pieces of candy at the end of the parade for herself.

On Friday, Smith walked away with a bag filled with candy and a big grin.

Standing with her parents and a group of other adults, Smith showed off three dog biscuits that were passed out during the parade. She said she would divide them between her two dogs.

Jumping down cement steps to the sidewalk, Smith said she couldn’t wait for next year’s parade. The adults standing near her agreed.

Laura Boram, 78, a lifelong resident of Pendleton was also impressed by the town’s patriotic parade.

“They had live music and other small towns even took a part in it. I thought that was impressive,” Boram said. “And I think the fire department lowered the noise of the sirens a little bit and, at 78, I can appreciate that. Well, it was that, or maybe I’m just getting hard of hearing. But I enjoyed it.”

Boram said there have been a number of parades in her hometown throughout the years, but few have had band participation.

“I was so impressed with that,” she said. “This is the best parade we have had in several years.”

The parade wound through quiet neighborhoods to the park, and families gathered outside in small groups along the sidewalks to enjoy the patriotic display.

Spring Martin, 34, of Greenwood, was visiting family members in Pendleton and brought her children outside to watch the event.

“This is their first parade,” she said, nodding to her three small children ages four, two and almost five months. “I was trying to tell them to be aggressive about running out to get the candy.”

Her oldest daughter, Violet Martin, 4, waved a small flag in the breeze as she carefully picked through a stack of colorful candy she had collected.

When asked if she had enjoyed the parade, the little girl only nodded. Her mouth was full of sweets.

Spring Martin said she avoids some of the bigger events in Indianapolis and Greenwood when there are large crowds and it is a hassle to enjoy the activities.

“It was spread out through the town and where we come from, things like this are always really crowded,” she said. “This is really nice for the kids.”

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