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Parade for generations

Nicole Frey

VAIL Mother and son Kari and Corbin Shriner snagged one of the few shady spots along Vails Fourth of July parade route to take in the sights yesterday. They stayed cool while most other spectators sweated it out under the sun to view the passing floats and attractions. Early in his adolescent years, Corbin Shriner unabashedly danced along to the music that passed his vantage point contestants belted it out on the Vail Idol float a play on the popular reality television show American Idol uniformed high school band members played their instruments with rapt concentration and quirkier acts banged on big empty plastic containers to make their own special brand of crowd-pleasing sounds. For Kari Corbin, coming to Vail for the Fourth of July festivities every year is a given.Weve been coming for 18 years, said the Cheyenne, Wyo., native. My husband proposed here during a Fourth of July weekend, so we cant not come.Like in years past, the Vail Valleys Independence Day festivities have drawn crowds from all over the country to celebrate. The parking garages in Vail filled up by 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. parade, said Vail Police Department Sgt. Chris Botkins. Parked cars lined the frontage roads and filled every available nook and cranny in numbers rivaling an impressive powder day in the winter. The Weed family arrived in Vail from Cincinnati to perpetuate a tradition spanning three generations. Ive been coming since I was a little girl, and its my favorite time to be here, she said. I lived in Nebraska at that time, and we always enjoyed what we did as children when wed come here. Its something we wanted to pass on to our children, and when they have children of their own, theyll come too.While parents reminisced, their children were more interested in comparing the candy they had collected from passing floats. The only one benefiting from the parade are the local dentists, one elderly man joked as he watched the tots shove handfuls of Tootsie Rolls and bubble gum into their mouths.

While sweets may not be the healthiest thing for kids, parents happily let their brood get hopped up on sugar to celebrate the special day.Im glad they throw candy, said Kari Shriner. A lot of parades dont do that anymore.But it wasnt all about the confectionary stash collected. Corbin Shriner said he loved the old cars in the parade, while his mom enjoyed the bands best. Two young women local resident Erin Olson and Stacy Wilcox of Boulder were moved by the veterans who marched and rode in the parade.It seemed really patriotic, Olson said. In addition to patriotic festivities, visitors are soaking up the Vail Valleys abundant recreational opportunities. Thirteen-year-old Emily Weed said shes particularly fond of the hiking and shopping in the area. And renting mountain bikes was the next thing on the Shriners to do list.Despite the large number of people, Botkins said everything went smoothly during the parade that would through Vail from Gold Peak to Lionshead.We usually have more incidences at night, but were not sure what will happen this is because they canceled the fireworks, he said.Nonetheless, extra police officers were in Vail Village to ensure rowdiness didnt get out of hand. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado


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