Tomorrow Today: Parade lineup set for festival

By Brock Stafford | Sports editor’s offseason newswriting requirement

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Notable moment from 2015 festival parade. (2011 file photo)

Bass Lake Pre-Mid-Summer Festival Week Days, which opened Thursday, are in full swing, even a day later.

One weekend highlight — among many — is the annual parade.

Unofficially dubbed “The 45th-largest parade in Michiana,” the event begins at 12:45 p.m., proceeding from Outskirts Avenue, continuing to Main Street Avenue and concluding out near the lake, where additional festivities are probably planned.

This year’s tentative parade lineup (subject to change, without tentative notice):

  • Milit’ree personnel/Dudes on horseback
  • Loud sirens/horn-honking
  • Grand marshal: Marshall Grand, area philanthropist
  • Public address malfunction
  • Stilt-Clown Posse
  • Former Resident of the Year Guy Soundguy (parade position vacated)
  • Current Resident of the Year (TBD)
  • Politicians in convertibles (6)
  • People walking next to people in cars (number unknown)
  • Bass Lake High School marching debate team
  • Parade-Watchers Club
  • Large men/tiny cars
  • Gender-Neutral Scouts of America
  • Pig-in-a-Pokemon: Pork producers dodgeball team
  • Someone handing out balloons
  • Unicycle rider
  • Hay-Balers Union #242
  • Service club automobile race
  • 姐妹城市舞者
  • Hard-candy thrower
  • Bass Lake Beacon marketing department
  • Float #1: Bass Lake Elementary temporary receptionists
  • Canoe on wheels
  • Bass Lake University partial marching band
  • Float #2: Regional Corporate Hospital: Doctors on vacation
  • Classic tractor: 1950s Farmall Super-M
  • Float #3: Regional Corporate Hospital: Maintenance staff
  • Classic tractor: John Deere 7210R, gently used (for sale)
  • Float #4: IceFest champion, with winning sculpture (weather-permitting)
  • Classic car
  • Surprise truck
  • Final parade entry

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