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Parks and Rec looking for more parade entries

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With the Fourth of July only a couple of weeks away, Sedalia Parks and Recreation is still looking for parade entries to add to the day of fun. 

Savannah Lynde, special events and marketing manager, said this year Parks and Rec is sponsoring the parade again. 

“This will be the first time in two years since we haven’t been able to since COVID,” Lynde said. “The theme this year is ‘America’s Superheroes.’ So our thought with that was, with everything that has happened in the last two years there are a lot of people that can be qualified as a superhero nowadays.”

The parade is free to enter, whoever wants to enter can call Parks and Rec or go to their website. 

“That can be anything from truck drivers to nurses and doctors to teachers,” Lynde said. “Trying to get the community involved in America’s Superheroes in Sedalia.”

Parks and Rec is looking to get as many entries as they can for the parade. They are currently at 25 entries, which is low. 

“(The entries) make the parade a lot better for the people that come out there and the kids love lining the streets and getting candy, and waving at their friends,” Lynde said. “So as many as we can get is our goal.”

Lynde added that Parks and Rec is hoping to get the word out this week about the parade. With Independence Day being in people's thoughts she hopes to receive more entries. 

The parade will be at 10 a.m. in downtown Sedalia. The picnic begins at 11 a.m. at the Centennial Park Shelter. 

“That’s free for anybody to come out to do,” Lynde said. “We provide hot dogs and drinks and we’ll have bounce houses out there as well.”

Centennial Pool will be open, Liberty Pool will be closed. The cost is half-price and free for veterans or military as long as they provide a military ID. 

The Parks and Rec will also be hosting the Firecracker Mile that morning with Sedalia Runners Club.  Anyone 13 and older can register for $25 and 12 and under is $15. You can register until that morning. 

“Then we have, of course, the fireworks at the fairgrounds, they’ll go off around 9:30 p.m.,” Lynde said. 

Lynde added that the Fourth of July is such a busy day for Parks and Rec since they host so many things in one day. 

“My favorite thing about Fourth of July is seeing all the families come out and enjoy it together,” Lynde said. 

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays that the Parks and Rec participate in, especially with the fireworks show at the fairgrounds. 

“A lot of people don’t realize that the parks department and the city helps pay for those as well but we are the ones that host the fireworks even though it's hosted at the fairgrounds,” Lynde said.

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