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One of Page’s best Fourth of July parades

Modified: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

Girls run down Lake Powell Boulevard after scooping up stuffed animals tossed from a float.

This year’s parade was among the town’s biggest and best, according to local residents.

“When I went down through the line-up in the morning and saw the number of participants, it was significantly more than what we have had in the past,” said Mayor Bill Diak. “There was a lot of family interest, and that’s what it is all about.

“That was one of the biggest I’ve seen for any of our parades.”

Leading off the parade, members of the Big Water Fire Department stopped at the intersection with Elm Street to release 19 purple balloons to commemorate members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30 battling the Yarnell Hill fire.

After the parade, residents and tourists walked to city park to enjoy games and vendors the rest of the afternoon.

That evening, Tempe’s Academy Drum & Bugle Corps gave a free performance at Sand Devils Stadium just before the city’s fireworks topped off a memorable day in Page, America.

Parade winners were:

Most patriotic: Aramark

Most creative: Powell Museum

Best classic vehicle: Fire truck (Doug Gardner)

Best presentation: Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders

Judges choice: Faith Bible.

Chronicle photographers captured the images of July 4 —from the parade to the activities in city park to the performance by the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps to, of course, the fireworks.

To see the images, click "Photos" in the navigation bar above, then look under "Recent Galleries." Click "independence day 2013" and "independence day 2013 (part 2)."

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