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Photos: A 'Grande' day for a parade

Members of the South Washington County Marching Band call out the cadence during the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 17
Students from the Woodbury Dance Center perform in the Grande Parade during Woodbury Days. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 17
A team of horses pulled the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage wagon in the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 17
The South Washington County Marching Band got into the spirit at the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Mulimedia4 / 17
Kids rejoice over their booty of candy during the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade Aug. 26. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 17
Cort Peterson, 4, rides with his father Brad in the horse-drawn Wells Fargo wagon before the start of the Woodbury Day Grande Parade at Ojibway Park. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 17
Aria Petersen, 2, watches the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade with parents Brad and Nichole. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 17
Brigitte Leininger watches the Woodbury Days Grande Parade with her poodle, Teddy, who obviously seems tuckered out. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 17
Models from Occasions With Character costume company ride in the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade Aug. 26 at Ojibway Park. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 17
The Woodbury High School Cheer Team show Royals pride during the Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 17
The candy harvest was plentiful for kids lining the Grande Parade route. The Aug. 26 event was the highlight of the 40th annual Woodbury Days in Ojibway Park. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 17
Bekah Thompson, 15, walks on her hands during the Grande Parade at Woodbury Days. Thompson is a student at Crowley's Gymnastics Center in Oakdale. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia12 / 17
Percy the rooster, the mascot at Primrose School of Woodbury, greets spectators during the Woodbury Days Grande Parade. In the background is Anna Morrissette. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 17
The 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade included a float by the Title Boxing Club of Woodbury. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 17
The KDWB Band marches in the Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia15 / 17
Members of the East Ridge High School Dance Team enjoy themselves before the start of the Grande Parade during Woodbury Days. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia16 / 17
Members of East Ridge Cheerleading reached for the sky during the 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia17 / 17

Like a traveling circus, 40th annual Woodbury Days Grande Parade Sunday Aug. 26 filled the streets and sidewalks around Ojibway Park with bands, costumed characters, gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders and floats.

This year's Community Grand Marshal was the family of the late Bill Hargis. Hargis, the longest-serving mayor of Woodbury, died in April.

All 110 spots in the parade sold out, according to the Woodbury Days Council, who organize the event. The following groups earned awards from a panel of independent judges:

Most Entertaining: Aspire Music Academy

Most Outrageous:  East Ridge Robotics

Best Business Representation: Central + Priority Pediatrics

Spirit of Woodbury: Woodbury Community Ed Gymnastics

Best Creative Royalty: Woodbury Ambassadors

Judges Choice:  South Washington County Marching Band

                           Resurrection Church (Honorable Mention)

Woodbury Days was held Aug. 24-26.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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