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Parade kicks off Fourth of July in Crown Point

Children go pick up candy this thrown out during parade Friday Crown Point. |  Dan Shelton/Sun-Times Media

Children go and pick up candy that is thrown out during the parade Friday in Crown Point. | Dan Shelton/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 7, 2014 5:21PM



CROWN POINT — A pleasant summer afternoon brought out revelers by the thousands to the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade.

Angie Lincoln, 3, sat on her dad Roger’s shoulders as the first of the parade entries began moving past. Her star-spangled top and red star-shaped sunglasses faded into the sea of red, white and blue attire on the people lining Main Street.

The little girl may not yet understand why Independence Day is celebrated but that didn’t stop her from enjoying the festivities. She was smiling, her excitement evident, as the first entries began moving by. Lincoln, of Schererville, said this is the first time he brought his daughter to the parade.

“She is old enough now to really enjoy it,” he said, adding he too was having a good time. Lincoln said the parade was the first stop in a day that was to include a backyard barbecue and pool party.

“That’s what Fourth of July is all about, right?” he said.

Jill Bergins, 8, and her neighbor Katie Voight, 9, both of Crown Point, were waiting by the street with their bags ready for the shower of candy to come. The girls picked out their outfits for the parade, which included red, white and blue beads and painted stars on their faces.

“The candy’s the best part,” Katie said.

“And the horses too,” Jill chimed in.

Clara Voight, Katie’s mom, said the family comes to the parade almost every year.

“This is what living in a city like Crown Point is about. The festivals, the parades, the community of it all. We really enjoy it,” Voight said.



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