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July 4, 2013

St. Peter parade attracts 88 floats, 10,000 visitors and plenty of Americana

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But her quilting guild colleague, Mary Adams, was given a somewhat less enviable perspective: from the inside of a sheep costume.

"Actually, I volunteered," Adams said. "I love to have fun."

Nick Forbrook remembered all the fun he used to have riding on his father's parade when he was younger. His father, Rod "Sparky" Forbrook, was a founding member of Vallery Archers in St. Peter and the club regularly sponsored a float in the parade.

But enthusiasm fizzled more than a decade ago and the Valley Archers float has been absent ever since. That is, until Nick and his group of fellow second-generation club members decided to resurrect the tradition.

"We all decided together to do the parade again," Nick said. "It's something we all remember doing as kids."

Elsewhere, the newly formed Mankato Area Derby Girls -- a.k.a. the M.A.D. Girls -- were making their debut in the St. Peter parade. With two bouts remaining in its introductory year in a regional flat-track roller derby league, the M.A.D. Girls put on their skates to spread the word about their season and upcoming recruiting efforts.

"We've felt nothing but love," said coach Jay Clyde. "We're glad to be out here."

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