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Ely 4th of July Parade will stand still

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A small town Fourth of July Parade will not march this year.

The Ely parade was originally canceled, because of nearby construction and limited detours throughout town, but people living there had no intention of letting the parade die.

So, they came up with unique solution.

City officials tell me they planned to cancel their 4th of July Parade, until several community members expressed concern.

The city's solution is a stand-still parade.

The Ely community has fewer than 1,800 people, but what it lacks in population, it makes up in character.

Ely Mayor, Eldy Miller, said this year, the town will embrace the 4th of July tradition with something new.

"What it basically is, is rather than the parade going past the residents, the residents will go past the parade. We're going to keep it the same time, the same location, and we're going to set up floats behind city hall," Miller said.

Due to construction running ahead of schedule and only one detour running through town, put city officials in a bind from going down their traditional parade route. But fortunately, the show must go on.

"I have young daughters myself, and we go to the parade every year, as well. It was a decision I did not want to make. I knew it wouldn't be a popular decision, but after reviewing some alternate route possibilities, and due to the shortness of time, we felt like it was the best solution we had," Eldy Miller said.

Mayor Miller said the stand-still parade is the best of both worlds -- accommodating tradition with integration.

"I appreciate people understanding. Hopefully this alternative event will go off without a hitch, and we look forward to going back to the regular parade next year," Mayor Miller said.

Mayor Miller said the stand-still parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Monday behind City Hall.

He expects the event to last an hour long, and a few nearby streets will be blocks to accommodate traffic.

Mayor Miller said the traditional pancake breakfast will also go on as planned before Monday's parade.

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