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LOOK: Stow 4th of July Parade - Did You Go?

Thousands turned out in sweltering weather to see parade floats, cars and even Santa. Check out these pictures and add yours!

Thousands of viewers and hundreds of paraders joined together for the annual in Stow Wednesday. By the 10 a.m. start time, the temperatures were already approaching 90 degrees. 

But the show must go on, and it did. 

It looked as if the entire was in the parade, which was probably handy if folks suffered from heat stress. 

This year's parade was "A Salute to Girl Scouting ... 100 years strong," and appropriately enough the Girl Scouts cookie float was judged the 2012 Best of Parade.

John Osbourne July 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Correction: Wright-Patt
joe ponikarovsky July 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
i thought it was actually shorter than previous years! i swear last year's was about four hours long. but i agree that it would be nice to have it condensed into more independence day-themed entries and move away from having *every* business in stow, MF or CF represented in the parade. a city of 35K people shouldn't have a parade over two hours, in my opinion. i respect all of those who want to represent their business/cause, but it's pretty ridiculous out there. not to mention that with the bulk, we get entries splintering out and gaps developing, then lots of people start to leave because they think it's over, only to see another float come down the road five minutes later! on a related note, does having santa in the 4th of july parade make ANY sense at all? anybody else have kids who were just totally confused?
John Osbourne July 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I felt bad for Santa . . .
Amanda Harnocz July 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I felt bad for Santa too. So hot in that suit. Maybe it was Christmas in July? I missed that float...
Autumn Hyder July 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM
We had four chairs stolen that we had left out the night before. I enjoyed the parade though, just very hot.

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