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Patriotism ... on wheels

Bicycles, dogs parade during Liberty Days

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 9:52 a.m. CDT
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(Herald Photo by Christina Chapman-Van Yperen)
Kelsey Feiden and Marc DesLauriers rode a bike for two in the Liberty Days Bicycle Parade Thursday night. They have participated in the parade for the last three years.

This year’s Liberty Days’ bicycle parade was 5-year-old Anna Bibly’s first, and she went all out for her inaugural ride.

Bibly’s bike was covered in red, blue and white streamers and her helmet — covered with American flags, pinwheels and a flag party table decoration sticking right out the top — completed the patriotic theme.

“We had a lot of stuff because her birthday is on the Fourth of July, so we had lots of decorations we could use,” said Bibly’s mom, Jenny.

Bibly’s favorite part of her outfit: her temporary tattoos. Each hand sported red, white and blue ink, while her face bore a peace sign.

“My hat looks goofy!” she said.

Bibly was one of about 20 bicyclists who paraded down Liberty Street for the third annual Bicycle Parade.

Following the bikes were about 15 dogs and their families for Bone-ifide Care’s annual Pet Parade.

The parades were also a first for 9-year-old Macey Sorden, whose bike basket was filled with yellow flowers and an American Flag.

“My babysitter helped,” she said as she rode her bike while wearing her red summer dress covered in white stars.

The young, old and everyone in-between took part in the Independence Day event. The DesLauriers family attends every year.

Trudy DesLauriers was in charge of decorating the bicycles for the family of four riders. Her bicycle basket even contained real red flowers.

“We like old bikes,” she said. “I think it is a great community event.”

“We like to be a part of the whole thing,” added Kim DesLauriers. “It’s hosted downtown and we like to be a part of the downtown.”

Her son, Marc DesLauriers, and Kelsey Feiden rode a red bicycle built for two this year.

Liberty Days activities will go through Saturday and officially end Wednesday, July 3, with the Liberty 5K Run/Walk. The annual festivities are hosted by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership.

It was a hot one Thursday evening, but not quite as warm as last year, said MDDP Executive Director Julie Applegate. The slightly cooler day seemed to bring out more bicyclist and dogs for the parades.

The Bone-ifide Pet Parade had its sixth year this year, said Bonnie Latta, Bone-ifide Care owner. Bone-ifide is a pet sitting and training business.

“It’s a great way to kick off the Liberty Days festival,” said Latta.

For a complete listing of Liberty Days activities, visit www.downtownmorris.com.

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