At 10 a.m. the morning of July 4, a driving rain threatened to turn Edina's Independence Day parade into a soggy slog, but after an approximate half-hour delay, the clouds relented as marchers made their way down West 50th Street.
A roster of 94 marching units signed up for the 1-mile trek this year, as musicians, jugglers, clowns, dancers, politicians and businesspeople people greeted Edina revelers, reliably filling the plastic shopping bags held wide-open by the youngsters lining the street. To guarantee themselves a proper view of the colorful proceedings, some spectators claimed spots along the route by setting out blankets and chairs two days in advance, as demonstrated through photos posted on the city of Edina's Facebook page.
Those belongings would get drenched, but the weather dried out enough for the parade's grand marshals to ride in a convertible with the top down. Keeping with the parade's theme of “Edina's Seniors,” grand marshals Kay Bach, Frank Cardarelle and Betty Hemstad were recognized as long-time volunteers in the community.