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PHOTOS: Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests 2022

Grande Day Parade attendees enjoyed the treats, saw a collection of floats and watched bands dance during Willmar Fests annual Saturday parade.

Willmar Fests royalty waved to the crowd that lined the Grande Day Parade route Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Willmar. From left, junior royalty  Jakub Nurmi and Hazel Cisneros Ocampo, senior royalty Diana and Dave Frey, International Princess Jacky Diaz, Aqua Princess Kacy Knofczynski and Queen of Festivals Sarah Carlson.
Willmar Fests royalty waved to the crowd that lined the Grande Day Parade route Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Willmar. From left, junior royalty Jakub Nurmi and Hazel Cisneros Ocampo, senior royalty Diana and Dave Frey, International Princess Jacky Diaz, Aqua Princess Kacy Knofczynski and Queen of Festivals Sarah Carlson.<br/>
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — Hundreds of people lined the streets in central Willmar Saturday for the annual Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

The parade is one of the main attractions of the city's annual festival. The Saturday morning parade was followed by the coronation of the aqua princess, international princesss and queen festivals for the coming year.

The four-day event wrapped up Saturday evening with a Little Crow Ski Team performance, a beach party and fireworks.

Families packed the route of the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests  on June 25, 2022. Kids frequently scrambled for candy thrown from the parade participants.
Families packed the route of the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Kids frequently scrambled for candy thrown from the parade participants.
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
Lleyten Rein was named Queen of Festivals with Crisstill Duaso named International Princess and Leah Smith named Aqua Princess

Students of the Just for Kix dance school in Willmar performed during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Students of the Just for Kix dance school in Willmar performed during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
The Jennie-O Turkey Store float featured new mascot JT in the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
The Jennie-O Turkey Store float featured new mascot JT in the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
The KMS Marching Saints of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools put down their instruments and dance in their 2022 show "Illusion" featuring music of Styx during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
The KMS Marching Saints of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools put down their instruments and dance in their 2022 show "Illusion" featuring music of Styx during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.<br/>
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
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The flag bearers with the KMS Marching Saints of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools dance during the band's 2022 show "Illusion" featuring music of Styx during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
The flag bearers with the KMS Marching Saints of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Public Schools dance during the band's 2022 show "Illusion" featuring music of Styx during the Grande Day Parade at Willmar Fests on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
Spectators cheered and applauded as the KMS Marching Saints completed their show and marched off down the street during the Grande Day Parade. The band performed its 2022 show "Illusion" during  Willmar Fests parade on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
Spectators cheered and applauded as the KMS Marching Saints completed their show and marched off down the street during the Grande Day Parade. The band performed its 2022 show "Illusion" during the Willmar Fests' parade on Saturday, June 25, 2022.<br/><br/>
Linda Vanderwerf / West Central Tribune
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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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