Marquette celebrates Hockeyville with parade, cookout

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The celebration continued for Marquette's selection as Kraft Hockeyville and who doesn't love a parade?

The parade started at the Berry Events Center and made it's way down to Third Street. Floats included the Northern Michigan University hockey team, former players from the Electricians and Iron Rangers and a strong show from Marquette Area Youth Hockey.

Representatives from Kraft-Heinz said being Hockeyville is about more than just hosting a game.

"We couldn't be any happier with the response that we've had for this year's Kraft Hockeyville. It's been incredible to see the way the community has rallied arounf this event and Kraft Hockeyville USA isn't just about hockey, it's about bringing the community together," said Jenece Upton with Kraft Hockeyville USA.

The parade ended at the Marquette Commons, where they had a community cookout.

More than one thousand people packed the commons. Hot dogs, bratwurst, chips and refreshments were all provided for free thanks to a generous donation from Tadych's Econo Foods.

"Marquette has a long history with hockey and the people here take it very seriously, they're proud of it and this is a really exciting time to be in Marquette now. Kraft Hockeyville has really got this place excited. It's community wide and it's bringing a lot of people together and people are excited," said Marquette Mayor, Dave Campana.

Organizers also had plenty of Kraft Hockeyville merchandise for sale at the event. The game is tongiht, Tuesday, October 4 and you can watch it on NBCSN.

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