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LibertyFest parade draws big crowd to Edmond

The Edmond LibertyFest parade featured dozens of floats, including Shriners driving dune buggies and vintage John Deere tractors.
by Matt Patterson Published: July 5, 2013

— There was no hiding Sarah Williams' enthusiasm on Thursday morning as she watched the LibertyFest parade in downtown Edmond.

The 6-year-old hopped up and down and waved as the Shriners with their brightly colored go-carts and dune buggies passed by. When one popped a wheelie, Williams was amazed.

“How'd they do that?” she asked her parents.

Her reaction wasn't unusual during the parade that drew thousands of people to downtown Edmond, lining the 1.5-mile-long parade route to watch floats of virtually every shape and size. The Shriners were a big hit with the crowd as was the weather, which was unseasonably mild Thursday morning with temperatures in the mid-70s.

“That's my favorite part about it,” Oklahoma City resident Toby White said. “We've come out here before when it was just unbearable, but you can't beat this weather today. It's perfect for the Fourth of July.”

The parade featured everything from the Shriners' dune buggies and three-wheelers to a purple fiberglass dinosaur from Pelican Bay. There also were vintage fire trucks and a squadron of vintage John Deere tractors. An Edmond bank designed its float to feature papier-mache firecrackers. Several vintage fire trucks also were popular with paradegoers.

As the parade streamed by, Wendy Adams sat with her 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. The family planned to make it an annual tradition.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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