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Jerry Peltier, along with his wife Darlene, will be riding in a horse-drawn carriage as the grand marshal of this year’s Fourth of July parade.

Jerry Peltier can still remember the first time he was in the Forest Lake Fourth of July parade. It was 1952, and he and his cousin were asked by Earl Spry, a local Buick dealership owner, to drive a car for the parade. He was 14 and had no driver’s license, but the dealership owner entrusted him with the task. 

Since then, he’s said, he’s been in or viewed countless Fourth of July parades in Forest Lake since childhood. This year, he and Darlene, his wife of nearly 60 years, will be getting a front row seat in the parade, as he has been named the parade’s grand marshal.

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at hannah.davis@ecm-inc.com or (763)233-0709

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