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Crowds look forward to bright future

Saturday dawned with threatening clouds in the west, but there would be no repeat of last year’s mid-afternoon deluge to spoil the day, as gray skies gave way to partly cloudy, a perfect day to spend watching a parade and seeing old friends.

Every five-year Marion High School graduating class from 1947 onward had a presence in the parade.

While Marion and Peabody-Burns bands sounded great, a resurgent Rube Band, the largest and most colorful in recent years, stole the show with a robust and recognizable version of “Show Boy.”

A common remark among the hundreds lined up at the Marion Kiwanis Club food tent was that the crowd seemed larger this year, although there was no official estimate of attendance.

A good contingent stayed for games in the park, an excellent concert by Marion High School band, and class introductions. Afterward, most reunion classes gathered for dinners and socializing.

Last modified Oct. 4, 2017