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October 18, 2012

200-plus entries set for Maple Leaf Parade

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The line-up will include marching bands, Pat and Carolyn Phelps, Maple Leaf grand marshals, floats and politicians when the 46th annual Maple Leaf parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on the courthouse square here.

Well over 200 entries will be featured in the parade, which is billed as the longest parade in the region. Other entries are Maple Leaf queen Madison Kaempfe and other parade royalty, Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras, horse teams and riders from several clubs, Shriners from throughout the region and politicians, including many candidates on election ballots in November.

“We have 186 actual entries, but more than one-third of them have more than one vehicle as part of their entry,” said Neely Myers, with the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, which is the overall sponsor of Maple Leaf activities.

The parade normally brings large crowds to Carthage and those planning to attend should will have to look for parking and should be prepared to walk, said Capt. Randee Kaiser, assistant chief of the Carthage Police Department.

 

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