Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Faribault’s Memorial Day parade, a photo essay May 30, 2016

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Parade, 11 Color Guard


IT’S A TIME-HONORED tradition in Faribault—the 10 a.m. Memorial Day parade.


Parade, 6 big dogs


First, parade watchers come bearing lawn chairs and blankets to claim curbside spots along Central Avenue.


Parade, 12 flag bearer


To the south, down by the library/community center, parade participants are lining up, law enforcement vehicles at the head followed by the Color Guard and then the honored veterans. Marching bands slot in next.


Parade, 34 little boy with flag


It’s all so predictable. Every year. The same line-up, although occasionally the faces of politicians change.


Parade, 28 Scout carrying flag


Parade, 32 Scout handing out flags


Parade, 29 Scout close-up


Parade, 38 Girl Scouts


Parade, 39 Girl Scouts with flags close-up


But I love it. The Scouts, girls and boys, handing out flags.


Parade, 45 old blue pick-up truck


Kids scrambling for tossed Tootsie Rolls. Kids dressed in patriotic attire. Kids here with grandparents, making this a multi-generational tradition.


Parade, 41 old green car


Old cars and trucks.


Parade, 51 horses


And finally, at the end, the horses.


Parade, 56 patriotic horses


In 15 minutes, the parade is complete. Short. Sweet. Americana lovely in the sort of way that makes me appreciate Faribault, this place I call home in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

FYI: Check back for more photos from Memorial Day in Faribault and at the Cannon City Cemetery.

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