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Boat parades a fun tradition on area lakes

Pictured are parade participants on Lake Buchanan near Perham last Wednesday. They made the annual event even more fun this year by splashing each other with water balloons and squirt guns.1 / 4
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Photos by Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Fourth of July boat parades are always popular with local lake dwellers and their friends and family. Decked out in balloons, flags and stars-and-stripes décor, pontoons, speed boats and even jet skis take a spin around the lake while land-lovers watch and wave.