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Hannibal 4th of July Parade draws huge crowds despite rain

In Hannibal they also spent the morning celebrating the 4th of July, kicking off a long holiday weekend of events with the annual 4th of July parade.

The parade was in constant threat of rain Thursday morning, but attendees of all ages came prepared with umbrellas.

Despite the rain, hundreds lined the streets to get a chance to see old cars, big bands, dancers, machinery, and people in fun costumes throwing out candy and toys along Broadway. People young and old who came out say it was worth risking getting wet to see it all.

“I always like going to the parade, I always like seeing the little kids picking up the candy, it’s fun to watch,” said Isavelle Krigbaum.

“I saw a Pikachu, and princesses, and the superheroes!,” said Josey Johnson.

The event is put on by the Hannibal Jaycees, other participants included the Oscar Meyer wiener mobile, local first responders and more.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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