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Marquette will have 4th of July parade in 2021

The parade will start at noon on July 4 and travel on Third St. from Fair Ave. to Baraga Ave.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - After some uncertainty, Marquette will have an Independence Day Parade in 2021.

There are changes from a typical Marquette Fourth of July parade, says coordinator Jerry Irby.

The 2021 parade will start at noon on Sunday, July 4. Floats will gather in NMU’s Berry Events Center parking lot and the parade will travel on Third St. from Fair Ave. to Baraga Ave.

No horses will be allowed in the parade this year. Candy will be handed out to children instead of thrown from floats. Those handing out candy need to wear a mask.

Marquette Elks Lodge 405 is the parade sponsor. There is no fee for entering the parade this year. The Elks Lodge is accepting donations to support the parade.

Donations can be mailed in the form of a check to the Elks Lodge at 127 N. Front Street in Marquette.

An application is available online for groups interested in participating in the parade. Irby says organizers are looking for more music groups.

For those who want to volunteer to help with the parade, call Jerry or Karen at 906-228-4537.

Irby thanks the Elks, City of Marquette and NMU for supporting this “pop-up parade.”

“We’re doing in three weeks what it took us three months to do before,” said Irby.

Irby says the parade will be a celebration of what America, and the Marquette community, is all about.

“We’re gonna have a parade to honor America, the flag, our country, our veterans, and our caregivers who got us through this virus. Hopefully we’re through it. But we want to recognize them too in the parade,” says Irby.

Marquette’s 4th of July Committee has previously announced holiday plans, including the food fest July 3 and 4 at Mattson Lower Harbor Park and fireworks at dusk on July 4.

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