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July 4, 2014

Thousands flock to Chesterfield parade

PENDLETON, Ind. — This year Chesterfield’s annual Fourth of July parade was not only bigger, it was better.

“We are used to 90-degree weather, this is beautiful,” said Chesterfield Police Chief William Ingles. “And it has been trouble-free.”

Roller derby teams, marching bands, ghouls, goblins and nine different emergency departments from surrounding communities delighted spectators packed along the parade route. At the end of the route, free snow cones, freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs drew giggling children and throngs of grown-ups.

Debbie Fields, a member of the Chesterfield Union Township Parks Board, said almost two hours before the parade, folding chairs lined the edges of the road for more than a mile.

Billie Pugh, 53, of Chesterfield, said she enjoyed the variety of this year’s parade. Amy Mack, 13, of Anderson, said the marching bands were her favorite part.

“Sometimes there are just politicians in the parades, but this year there were cool bands and roller derbies and people are enjoying it,” said Anita Holford, 43, of Anderson.

Kelly Alexander, president of the Chesterfield Union Township Parks Board, said the parade is a family tradition for many people.

“I grew up in Chesterfield and as a small child I remember going to the parade with my parents.”

Fields said Friday marked the town’s 51st parade and there were more than 80 parade entries, but many of the entries had several different parts to them, making it appear as if there were more than 80.

Fields, who was helping to judge the parade participants, said there was also quite a bit of candy being handed out.

“We were just talking about how many pounds of Tootsie Rolls are on the road,” she said with a laugh.

In the past, the parade has had as few as 60 entries and as many as 115. This year’s parade was a nice average, said Jerry Fields, a town councilman.

“When we have perfect weather, there are more entries and every fourth election year there are more,” he said. “We have twice the number of people here watching the parade than live here.”

Parade officials estimated that more than 4,000 people attended the festivities and they hope even more will be in attendance next year.

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