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Dixon parade festooned with red, white, blue — and petunia pink

A pair of young girls ride the Work On It landscape float surrounded by the celebrated flower of Dixon Sunday, July 3, 2022.

DIXON — Marchers and vehicles festooned in Dixon’s patriotic colors — red, white, blue, and, of course, all shades of pink — took part in the annual Petunia Festival parade on Sunday.

The parade stepped off at 1 p.m., led by the Dixon Municipal Band. City officials rode in a fire department ladder engine, Pinky Petunia and the royalty of the festival’s last two courts followed suit, while “Doctor Mike” Grady, the retiring Dixon High School principal, served as grand marshal, tossing candy to the curb where the youngest spectators waited.

Alex Paschal

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Photojournalist for Sauk Valley Media