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Cedar Falls mother organizes growing July 4th parade

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While it's been a tradition for some eastern Iowa towns to hold a parade on the 4th of July, the City of Cedar Falls didn't always have one. While it's been a tradition for some eastern Iowa towns to hold a parade on the 4th of July, the City of Cedar Falls didn't always have one.
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While it's been a tradition for some eastern Iowa towns to hold a parade on the 4th of July, the City of Cedar Falls didn't always have one.

Barb Lyman-Kluck has fond memories of Independence Day, and wanted to duplicate that for her kids.

Since Cedar Falls doesn't have a community parade, she organized her own 22 years ago in her own neighborhood. 

"My youngest one was in the parade," said Lyman-Kluck. "He is now 23. So it just seemed like a good thing to do for the 4th of July."

In the beginning the parade was filled with mostly kids, but now has grown to add the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department and the Cedar Falls Fire Department.

"They're always last in case they need to leave in case they have a fire and I'm well aware of that," said Lyman-Kluck. "But it's really nice. I call them and they say 'yes' -- I think that is absolutely awesome."

Lyman-Kluck said the parade is a great way to meet others in the neighborhood, but most importantly she hopes she is helping make childhood memories.

"We will just have to wait and see," she said. "I do see kids who were in our neighborhood come with their kids to this parade so that makes me feel good."

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