Updated: 07/04/2014 10:41 PM
Created: 07/04/2014 5:41 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
Thousands came out for the annual Fourth of July parade in Superior, and it was bigger than ever. This year's theme was "America's Music" so there were plenty of tunes along the way, but with 102 floats, it was also a feast for the eyes.
North 28th Street looked like a sea of red, white, and blue, but one particular family stood out.
"I bought this three months ago in preparation for the parade," said Audrey Thoreson as she pointed to her sequined, red-white-and-blue cowboy hat.
Thoreson and her grandmother, Audrey Samuelson, come to the parade every year and they are always dressed to impress.
"It's fun and we're together. It's kind of hard now days to get everybody together to celebrate. But the Fourth of July is one of those times," said Samuelson.
For many families, the Superior parade is tradition, and this year's show didn't disappoint.
Skydivers dropped from the sky to start off the parade, dancers played with fire, and there were plenty of interesting costumes. Each float offered something a little different.
"We cheer for everyone. I like it with the kids," said Thoreson and Samuelson.
Marvin Swonger helped organize the whole parade, but he also likes to jump in line.
"[I have] 12 [flags] in the front and then I got the two back ones," he said.
He rides his bike full of flags to show his pride.
From two wheels, to 18.
George Pierce drives a pink semi-truck, which garners a lot of attention.
"It's quite incredible," added Pierce.
His pink truck is for a good cause, it's raising awareness for breast cancer. His colleague with Jeff Foster Trucking, Cale Rose, is taking on multiple sclerosis with his orange and white truck.
"I'm proud to drive it, glad to be out there showing awareness for it," said Rose.
They are one of a few new additions to this long-standing tradition, but for the families, the takeaway is always the same.
"It's just about family and coming to the parade...we always have a good time together," said Thoreson.
The Superior fireworks will go off at dusk.
Minnesota, Wisconsin Try to Reboot Income Tax Reciprocity
State tax officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they're working to reinstate a system that allowed 80,000 people who work across their shared border to file one state income tax return.
Wisconsin Assembly Committee Takes Up Right-to-Work Bill
Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The full Assembly is expected to vote Thursday.
Apostle Islands Ice Caves Open for Short Season with Growing Popularity
This time last year the Apostle Islands Ice Cave season was about to wrap up, but this year, it's just getting started, and the shorter season had crowds flocking to the attraction for its opening weekend. Just days ago, park officials gave the okay for the ice caves to open up to the nearly 11,000 visitors who came over the weekend.
Reward Offered in Red Lake Burning Puppy Case
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to whoever left a puppy to die in a burning trash bin in northern Minnesota.
New Candidate for At-Large Duluth City Council Seat
The Duluth City Council at-large seat now has a new candidate in the running. Noah Hobbs announced on Sunday that he's running for the position.