The Fourth of July parade in downtown Marceline began at 5 p.m. July 4 and featured many local and area participants.

The theme of the parade was Missouri history: Past and present and featured categories for floats, antique cars and trucks and vintage tractors.

The Fourth of July parade kicked off in downtown Marceline at 5 p.m. with a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” performed by Rebecca Allen. The first leg of the parade started with the Marceline firefighters and the legion riders from Bucklin. There were more than 20 entrants in the parade, which ranged from local politicians to Marceline families.

The grand marshal for the parade was the Ewigman family. Lee and Kristen Ewigman brought their horses Ivan and Drago to the parade along with their family.

Area residents competed in categories, which included; classic car, float, tractor, golf cart and four wheeler, antique cars and trucks and bike and trike. The winners included: Bike and trike, first place Lola Kitchen, Golf cart and four wheeler, first place the Tarpening kids, second place Sioux City Sue with Margaret Epperson and grandkids, third place the Tarpening kids, Antique cars and trucks, first place Greg White with his 1953 Willys M-38, second place Joe Sportsman with his 1940 Lasalle, Floats, first place the Tarpening family, second place AA Air from Sumner, Tractors, first place Zachary Stallo, second place Roy Tarpening and third place Larry Linebaugh.

For many attendees, the parade is something they all look forward to. Many families gathered on Main Street USA to the see the parade.

Area resident Linda Head says the parade allows her family to get together.

“It’s nice coming to the parade, we basically have a small family reunion each year,” Head said.

Macon residents Katie Miller and Diane Byram came to support their shriner husbands. According to shriner Gabe Gabriel, the motto of the shriners is “we ride, so kids can walk.”

The Fourth of July parade concluded with the awards ceremony as the parade turned and headed back down Main Street USA. The carnival opened following the end of the parade.