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Parade, street dance wrap up Bemidji All School Reunion festivities

In a joyful conclusion to the All School Reunion festivities, Bemidjians flooded the downtown streets on Saturday evening for a parade followed by a street dance.

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The class of ‘64 make their way down Beltrami Avenue as part of an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI — In a joyful conclusion to the week's All School Reunion festivities, Bemidjians flooded the downtown streets on Saturday evening for a parade followed by a street dance.

The day’s events started at 10 a.m with a Bemidji High School sports letter winners gathering followed by an All School Reunion choir concert at noon in the high school auditorium.

More than 1,200 people are expected to attend this weekend’s activities, which includes many individual class events at various homes and establishments. About 1,100 people pre-registered, and nearly 100 new ones came in on Thursday, with more expected on Friday.

Choir Director Chris Fettig led the group through three different songs including “Adoramus Te,” “Loveliest of Trees” and “Night of Silence.” Halfway through the concert, Josh Peterson, a class of 2000 graduate, gifted Fettig with an old photo of him signed by the choir along with a musical staff trophy to thank him for the impact he had on many of their lives.

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Bemidji choir alumni member Josh Peterson, class of 2000, presents a gift to Choir Director Chris Fettig during an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer

Following the concert, Bemidji High School alumni made their way to Corner Bar and the Garden Grill and Pub for a cornhole tournament.

Starting at 6 p.m., friends and community members gathered on Beltrami Avenue and Third Street for an All School Reunion parade. Things began with the posting of the colors by American Legion Post No. 14 followed by Grand Marshal LaVerne Whelan and multiple floats from various high school graduating classes.

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Shortly after the parade, a street dance and live music drew the night and the reunion to a close.

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Grand Marshal LaVerne Whelan, class of 1940, waves to the crowd during an All School Reunion Parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
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Merlin Froyd, class of ‘01, plays the piano during an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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A member of the class of ‘70 waves to the parade-goers for an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
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Members of American Legion Post No. 14 march down Beltrami Avenue during an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
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Bemidji choir alumni members sing “Adoramus Te” during an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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Parade-goers receive necklaces on Saturday, July 23, 2022, during an All School Reunion parade in Bemidji.
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Director Chris Fettig addresses the audience ahead of an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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Bill and Barb Bohn, class of ‘64 and ninth-grade high school sweethearts, ride down Beltrami Avenue during an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
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Members of the class of ‘72, celebrate their 50th class reunion on Saturday, July 23, 2022, during an All School Reunion parade in Bemidji.
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On behalf of Bemidji choir alumni, an old photo of Director Chris Fettig signed by the choir is given to him during an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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Bemidji choir alumni members sing “Loveliest of Trees” during an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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Former J.W. Smith kindergarten teacher Mrs. D'Orazio waves American flags while class of ‘76 member Kent Bahr hands out flags during an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Bemidji.
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Parade-goers receive candy from the class of ‘74 on Saturday, July 23, 2022, during an All School Reunion parade in Bemidji.
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Bemidji choir alumni pose for a photo following an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
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Choir Director Chris Fettig and his family pose for a photo following an All School Reunion choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School auditorium.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer

Maggi is a reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer focusing on outdoor and human interest stories. Raised in Aitkin, Minnesota, Maggi is a graduate of Bemidji State University's class of 2022 with a degree in Mass Communication.
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