Tradition marches on in Englewood

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Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 4:31 pm

It's a tradition nearly six decades old. Pioneer Days and the Pioneer parade in Englewood. This Labor Day, thousands capped off the weeks of festivities by lining Dearborn Street. The parade a boost to local business and community feel.

Thousands like Susie Schwarz and her dog Diesel come from all over to show their support. "It gets more and more every year. I think that is what draws us. It's just a nice time to see so many people."

Longtime residents like Susie take it as tradition and brand new ones like Barbara Siegenthaller who just moved here enjoying her first. "I think it says Englewood is a great town. Look at all the turnout. Look at all the people who are here."

There is also good music, games, food, and drink. All wrapping up weeks worth of activities in the the 57'th annual celebration. "To me this shows the heart of Englewood. This parade is Englewood. The support you see from people all over the place." Organizer Eric Phelps says the party event was started all those years ago as a way to bring people together in the small town during the slow summer months. Something downtown businesses appreciate. "It's got to help. They are trying to revitalize downtown. This is a Monday. Normally they would not have much business."

100 floats, 100 vendors, nearly two dozen organizations helping to put it all together. It all comes down to neighbors like Shane Whitmore with neighbors. "I love the small town atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody."

Organizers believe upwards of 7,000 people made their way downtown for the festivities.

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