Granger Days parade starts festivities with pride, ends with bang

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The 2016 Granger Days kicked off its Saturday celebrations with a 10 a.m. parade along State Street.

Leading the march were the U.S. national colors borne by the military veterans of the Granger American Legion Post 717 and the members of Granger Boy Scout Troop 141. They were followed five five cars bearing local veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

A number of vehicles from local law enforcement, public safety and city services next passed, followed by a float from Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation, a local long-term care facility.

Old and young alike seemed to enjoy the spectacle, particularly the energetic songs from the Woodward-Granger High School Band. Several enormous pieces of industrial farm machinery filled the street from side to side, seeming to drive themselves and dwarfing the people who watched from below.

Festivities continued all day, including a beer tent, dunk tank and hot air balloon rides and concluding with fireworks at 8 :30 p.m., a fitting end to the traditional rural celebration.

 

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