Thousands Gather for Parade

By Max Resnik

July 9, 2011 Updated Jul 9, 2011 at 6:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Thousands of Hoosiers gathered in downtown Fort Wayne today for some fun during the Three Rivers Festival parade.

Everything from tractors and high school bands to military personnel, muscle cars and local media participated in the parade.

Hoosiers from throughout the Northeast Indiana area lined the Summit City Streets.

Kevin Brown has been coming to the Three Rivers Festival parade since its inauguration.

"I remember the first one. When I'm in the city, I always come down and enjoy the festivities. You know, it's part of our heritage here in Fort Wayne."

Michael Bird says getting the chance to bring his kids is great because it is something that he used to do in his childhood.

“My favorite part is coming down with the kids. They have a great time. They like the floats, the cars, the bands and they get a big kick out of it. I think that's the best part for me. I've been coming here since I was a kid, and now I bring my kids... It's nice that we have this for the community you know, it's good for everybody to come out and have a good time. "

The Sweet family enjoyed their time as well. Emily Sweet loves the free activities for families. She says the festival is the true kick-off to summer and it is always a good time.

"There are lots of kids and families and a chance to be downtown and have fun."

The Three Rivers Festival runs through July 16.

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