Thousands line the streets for the Three Rivers Festival Parade

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  First-timers to the Three Rivers Festival Parade and others who have been coming for decades lined the streets of Downtown Fort Wayne Saturday. The Parade had all the beautiful floats and tasty candy, but also hit some emotional notes this year.

Blankets and lawn chairs helped keep thousands of people comfortable while watching the parade, but when it was time to salute our law enforcement, veterans and emergency services the crowd took to their feet.

“We’re enjoying the community environment, seeing all the schools participate, just seeing everybody enjoying themselves for the day,” Tammy Taylor said.

There was something for everybody like music, cars and candy.

“[The kids] get excited for the candy and all the big floats and all the good stuff,” Rogan Geers said.

Rogan and Libery Geers of Monroeville took their family out to the parade for the first time ever.

“The kids are a little older, they can kind of remember it and enjoy it maybe,” Geers said.

Taylor is far from a first-timer. She’s been coming for about 20 years. Something new this year, Taylor was able to snag a sweet spot in the front row.

“I’ve lived in Fort Wayne forty-some years, and this is kind of the first time I was able to get up front row,” Taylor said. “So, it’s been nice.”

Once the parade was over? A lot of people had the same activity in mind.

“Go get some food,” Geers said.

You don’t want to miss out on that food at Junk Food Alley or any of the fun that comes along with the Three Rivers Festival. It will run until July 16.

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