Merrill’s Labor Day Parade draws crowds on a beautiful day
TINA L. SCOTT
Nearly 70 entries in Merrill’s annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6 ranged from area businesses to politicians and non-profit clubs and organizations; churches and veterans; military vehicles and vintage automobiles; fire departments from the City of Merrill, and the towns of Pine River, Corning, Hamburg, and Russell, as well as the DNR; tractors and horses; and the always popular Merrill High School Cheer Team, Color Guard, and Marching Jays Merrill High School Band.
On foot, on motorcycle, or even on unicycle, parade entrants entertained the crowds that lined both sides of Main, First, Polk, Second, and Mill Streets along the route from the corner of Genesee and Main Streets all the way to the corner of Court and Main Streets.
The little ones were armed with bags for candy and shrieked with delight as they darted out to collect their share of the goodies. They were also treated to juggling, encounters with Vincent and the other creatures that inhabit the Haunted Sawmill, a chance to peek at the Fire Pup in the bucket atop Merrill Fire Truck #63, and the opportunity to shake hands with Smoky the Bear. Cotton candy and snow cone vendors traveled along the route offering treats for sale, and some parade entrants passed out bottled water, freeze ice, stretchy bracelets, and pencils, as well.
The bright sunny weather with blue skies, mild temperatures, and a light breeze provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s parade.