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Hundreds Turn out For Annual Freedom Festival Parade
By Addison Speck, Reporter
Cedar Rapids - Hundreds of people filled downtown Cedar Rapids this morning for the Freedom Festival Parade. The annual tradition features businesses and politicians, but most importantly, those who served our country. So, it may only make sense that those who led the Freedom Festival parade are also those who fought for our freedom.
Mark Mason and Patrick Jaynes are two veterans who did just that. "It's a warming feeling to be able to get back something you gave for and to be able to see people celebrate and be free. To sit along the streets and enjoy this would pressures you see in other countries," Mason said. "It makes you feel appreciated. Don't get me wrong, no one twisted my arm to go in but they made you feel like it was worth it," Jaynes added.
The two veterans don't just come to walk in the parade, but also to enjoy it. For many, it's considered one of the best parts of the entire festival. "My wife and I always like to come to the parade and see all the different cars and activities going on," Mason said. "It's something we can do as a family and see all the people who come out," added Dennis Shaffer, of Alburnett.
Children scattered near the curbs of the streets to snag candy and see all the mascots and costumes. Many agree the parade is a long standing tradition not just for what meets the eyes, but for what it represents and the people who represent it. "I am a patriot and I think it's important for people to love their country," said Gene Young, of Marion. "Showing our support for the freedom that we fought for," Mason said.
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