NORTH WEBSTER — The 71st Annual Mermaid Festival came to an end Saturday, June 25. One of the events that took place on the last day of the festival was the main parade.
The theme of the parade was Indiana Bicentennial, Celebrating Indiana. All marchers made sure to honor the state through their outfits and float decorations.
Before marchers set foot on North Webster’s Main Street, the American National Anthem was played. All attendees on the side of the road proudly stood up to face the flag.
The leader of the parade was American Legion Post 253. The officers were followed by police, fire and medical department vehicles.
Dr. Terry Frederick and his wife Sue, rode on a convertible Mustang. Dr. Terry was chosen as the Parade Grand Marshal this year. Citizens Of The Year, Dennis and Anita Wagner, rode next.
The Beauty Pageant contestants, misses of the various lakes, each wore themed dresses and rode on decorated floats and cars.
School marching bands strode with pride, playing patriotic tunes. Some of the bands in the parade included Wawasee Marching Band, John Glen High School and Bremen High School.
North Webster Little League’s float was pulled by a truck while the Elkhart Shine Club Scooter Park members rode on their red scooters along the parade route. The North Webster City Skiers displayed their skying outfits and one of their boats.