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Slow going for annual boat parade w/video

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The Maus family from Osakis and the Pudenz family from Rose Creek have been coming to watch the boat parade for close to 15 years. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 4 / 11
There was one lonely pontoon when the annual Fourth of July parade started Wednesday morning. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 5 / 11
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Cousins Teagen Wadsworth, 4, and Mateo Pittman, 7, from Alexandria waved their flags at the boats passing by below them. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 7 / 11
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One-year-old Maddox Pittman had fun waving his flag during the boat parade. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 10 / 11
Several more boats braved the weather to join in the Fourth of July boat parade. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 11 / 11

The weather may have kept some boats and pontoons off the lakes Wednesday morning for the annual Fourth of July boat parade.

Thunderstorms rolled through the area early on the Fourth of July with high winds and heavy rains. The boat parade, which was to start at 10 a.m. didn't have much action at first. However, around 10:45 a.m., parade goers were happy to see a few dozen decorated boats and pontoons hit the water. 

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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