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Bemidjians line downtown streets for Grand Parade

The perfect summer day made for a very Grand Parade on Sunday as community members lined the sidewalks of downtown Bemidji as the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival events continued.

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The Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club float makes its way along Minnesota Avenue in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI — The perfect summer day made for a very Grand Parade on Sunday as community members lined the sidewalks of downtown Bemidji as the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival events continued.

The parade started at 15th Street and made its way down Beltrami Avenue, across Fifth Street and back up Minnesota Avenue.

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A Bemidji Special Olympics float participant blows bubbles from a bubble gun on Beltrami Avenue at the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer
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Participants throw candy along Fifth Street in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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Participants ride tricycles alongside the Party Store float as it makes its way down Fifth Street in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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Candy is thrown from a Hatchet House float on Beltrami Avenue at the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

Remaining events for the Water Carnival include:
The entertainment tent at the Lake Bemidji waterfront will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight through July 3. There will be daily happy hours from 5 to 7 p.m., along with live music events each evening.

Corey Medina & Brothers will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, July 3. The admission price is one water carnival button.

The 5K Color Run is Monday, July 4, with check-in starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in Paul Bunyan Park, and the run starting at 10 a.m. It will begin in the Paul Bunyan Park parking lot and go along the south shore of Lake Bemidji, loop back at the Nymore Boat Access and end at the starting point.

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The Red, White and Boom fireworks display, presented by Hill’s Plumbing and Heating, will be held at dusk, usually around 9:45 to 10:15 p.m., on Monday, July 4, on the southwest end of Lake Bemidji.

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The Bemidji Jaycees’ float makes its way down Beltrami Avenue in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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A Headwaters Shrine Club participant high-fives parade-goers along Beltrami Avenue in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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The First City of Lights float makes its way down Fifth Street in the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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Children wave at a parade participant handing out candy on Beltrami Avenue at the Grand Parade on Sunday, July 3, 2022, during the Bemidji Jaycees’ 78th Annual Water Carnival.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

More Water Carnival coverage
A crowd of hundreds gathered along the Lake Bemidji waterfront in Library Park to watch all sorts of flips and tricks from the Bald Eagle Water Ski Show on Sunday afternoon.

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Annalise is the editor and a photographer at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is a Mass Communication graduate from Bemidji State University. Her favorite pastime is exploring the great outdoors and capturing its natural beauty on camera. Contact Annalise at (218) 333-9796, (218) 358-1990 or abraught@bemidjipioneer.com.
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