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Band Fest parade dodges rain, kicks off another family-friendly event

This news story was published on May 29, 2011.
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MASON CITY – The annual band fest parade dodged rain and put on a great show for spectators Saturday morning.

One of Mason City’s signature events, Band Fest is held every year on Memorial Day weekend and features a parade, carnival, concerts and more.

Cool temps and sprinkles early in the morning Saturday soon gave way to sunshine and 70 degrees later in the day as the parade wrapped up. People then crowded East Park to try funnel cakes and carnival rides and a craft show.

There was also live music both Friday night and Saturday in the park. Boogie and the Yo-Yos played Friday night and the Dweebs played Saturday.

Watch video of the parade:

Faith Holt, 6, granddaughter of Penny Plagge and Lyle Palmer, owners of Feathers and More Pet Store, 646 S. Monroe Ave., gets ready to float down the parade route.

Members of the North Iowa Bombshell Brigade roller derby team get ready to roll down State Street. They practice in Swaledale and will be competing at the North Iowa Fairgrounds.

Member’s of Sheltered Reality play Greased Lightening on Saturday afternoon.

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