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Cloudy but dry for the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Grande Parade

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey got into the spirit of Strawberry Fest waving at hundreds of people lined up and down Jamaica Avenue. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss1 / 5
Hundreds of area residents who lined Jamaica Avenue didn't let cloudy weather dampen their excitement for the annual Strawberry Fest parade Saturday. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss2 / 5
Students from the South Washington County High School Marching Band, which include East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools, showed off their musical talents Saturday during the annual Strawberry Fest parade. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss3 / 5
It's not a parade without the colorful antics of clowns. Several were seen strutting down Jamaica Avenue Saturday during the annual Strawberry Fest parade Bulletin photo by Emily Buss4 / 5
The candy was plentiful Saturday and children and adults darted after each piece thrown from floats. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss5 / 5

While the sun didn't make an appearance at the annual Strawberry Fest Parade in Cottage Grove, the rain held off, a welcomed sign to the hundreds of area residents who lined Jamaica Avenue Saturday afternoon.

Local law enforcement units hyped up the crowd with siren chirps and ushered in dozens of elaborately decorated floats. Music echoed through the parade route as children and adults alike darted after bubble gum, suckers and candy bars thrown from the passing floats.

Parade goers soon made their way to Kingston Park for the afternoon's activities, which included the Business Expo, helicopter rides, carnival and strawberry pie eating contest.

For a full list of event activities, visit the official Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest website.

http://www.cottagegrovestrawberryfest.com

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