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Independence Day in Denair
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Dozens of antique tractors and classic cars of all shapes and sizes took to the streets of Denair on Thursday as part of the city’s fourth annual Fourth of July Tractor Parade, a spectacle that entertained large groups lined along the streets and community members watching from their front porches.

The parade was described by this year’s organizer, Martin Squires, as a “grassroots” event, as it is put together by no organization or required prior registration. Instead, local tractor and car enthusiasts join with groups like the Denair Lions Club to line up and cruise down neighborhoods, honking their horns, waving American flags and greeting community members with smiles as bright as the simmering sun.

Temperatures had already reached into the 90s by the time the parade commenced at 8:30 in the morning, which prompted an Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service and led several folks to remain indoors. Nevertheless, those who did come out did not let the conditions boil down their patriotic spirits.

Leading the procession was the widow of the late Dan Casale, Lois. Dan helped create the annual festivities in Denair in 2020. He passed away in October due to health complications. 

Hugs and even a few tears were shed as Lois was embraced by family and friends at the conclusion of the parade, an event that she said brought many memories.

“Thank you all,” she said. “He would’ve loved this.”

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