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Families enjoy Crown Point’s annual Independence Day parade

(From left) MyLeonhardt 4 Merrillville Ind. watches horses alongside one-year-old AurorOrozco her brother Jesse Orozco 4 Lansing Ill. | Guy

(From left) Mya Leonhardt, 4, of Merrillville, Ind., watches horses alongside one-year-old Aurora Orozco and her brother Jesse Orozco, 4, of Lansing, Ill. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM



CROWN POINT — Waves of red, white and blue flooded Main Street on Thursday.

People waving flags and dressed in patriotic colors lined the streets at the annual Fourth of July parade as emergency vehicles, floats and marchers winded their way down the city’s main drag to the delight of onlookers.

Max Flint, 5, of Crown Point was watching the parade with his family, mom and dad Krissi and Kyle and older sister Melissa, 8. He squealed with glee as the emergency vehicles, sirens blaring, rolled by.

“I’m gonna be a fireman,” Max said, as he waved at fire trucks.

Kyle Flint said the family recently moved to the city and this was their first Fourth of July parade. He said they chose Crown Point because it still has a small town feel.

“What’s more American and small town than a parade through the town square,” he said.

Down the street out of the bustle of the square homeowners and parade watchers staked out their spot to watch the festivities. Some homeowners put up tents and were grilling in the front yard for their party guests.

Anna Mack of Crown Point and her friend Chelsea Croix of Valparaiso said they came about an hour before the parade to find a place where they could set their chairs and place the kids’ strollers and wagon.

Mack had a small cooler with snacks and drinks for the kids.

“We came prepared,” she said.

The older children, Melodi Croix, 6, and Jeremy Mack, 5, waited patiently on a blanket for the parade to begin. Both children said the candy parade entries toss the crowd is why they like the parade.

“I get to run in the street and get some,” Jeremy said.

The women, who said they have bringing their children to the parade since the older ones were stroller age, said it has become part of their Fourth of July tradition. Everyone in the group was decked out in patriotic gear and the moms even decorated the strollers and wagon to get in the spirit.

“We start our Fourth here,” Mack said, adding they head back to her home where the husbands are waiting to barbecue.

Croix said she likes to celebrate the Fourth because it is a fun holiday, especially for the kids, with activities like the parade and fireworks. It is also important, she said, to make sure her young children understand why the day is important and how lucky they are to live in the U.S.A.

“So many people have sacrificed their lives for this country and our freedom. I want them to grow up and respect that,” she said.



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