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.
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