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Photos: Afton's 119th Fourth of July Parade

Thousands poured into Afton to celebrate the Independence Day during the city's 119th annual Fourth of July Parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia.1 / 16
Selma's Ice Cream Parlour owners Becky and Paul Nickerson led the parade as its grand marshals. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia.2 / 16
More than a dozen couples boarded the 'Love Float' to either tie the knot or renew their vows. Lake St. Croix Beach Minister JP Armstrong built the float after pitching the concept to parade organizers. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 16
JP Armstrong, the brains behind the Afton 'Love Float,' runs through his notes before marrying more than a dozen couples during the Afton Fourth of July Parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 16
Afton Mayor Richard Bend waves to parade goers during the annual Fourth of July Parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 16
Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts march down St. Croix Trail. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 16
Little Miss Woodbury Princesses Kylie Johnson (left) and Imani Cofield (right). Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 16
Oakdale couple Katie Jones and Sampson Gagne officially tied the knot during the Afton Fourth of July Parade. "We'll never forget the anniversary," Gagne said. "It's a great story that we'll never forget." Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 16
Couples waiting to get married and renew their vows wave to thousands of parade-goers as the "Love Float" made its way down St. Croix Trail. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 16
Woodbury couple Mark and Brenda Franklin renewed their vows 31 years after they got married. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 16
Children line up on St. Croix Trail hoping to collect candy during the parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 16
Members of the St. Paul Winter Carnival's Senior Royalty were in the summer spirit during Afton's Fourth of July Parade. (top, left) Don Weinberger, Shirlee Callender, Dan Monson (left, bottom) and Cindy Thrasher. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia12 / 16
Some parade-goers jokingly shouted "don't do it," as the Love Float passed by while others cheered. Ken La Casse of Woodbury, who was renewing his vows with his wife Amelia shouted back: "It's too late, we've been married for 20 years." Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 16
A pirate boarded the Love Float to give his congratulations to Oakdale couple Katie Jones and Sampson Gagne who got married during Afton's Fourth of July Parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 16
After 20 years of marriage, Ken and Amelia La Casse of Woodbury renewed their vows during the Fourth of July Parade. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia15 / 16
Katie Jones and, now husband, Sampson Gagne both said: "I do." Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia16 / 16

Love was in the air during Afton's 119th annual Fouth of July Parade. 

The annual parade drew thousands to the city's Old Village to not only celebrate Independence Day but also more than a dozen marriage ceremonies aboard the new "Love Float."

The rolling wedding stage, created by local minister JP Armstrong, saw more than a dozen couples renew their vows and tie the knot.

Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour owners Becky and Paul Nickerson lead the parade as its grand marshals.

The parade featured entertainment by the River City Rhythm drumline and stilt walkers Chicks On Sticks, as well as Washington County police vehicles, fire trucks, St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty, bands, music, kids groups and more.

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