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Rivertown Days parade is Sunday along Ramsey Street

For many, the highlight of the Hastings Rivertown Days is the parade.

This year's parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, and there is a new route from 10th and Ramsey streets, down Ramsey Street to Second Street. Then the parade goes to the east to Eddy Street, going north on Eddy Street to Fourth Street where it concludes.

The parade will be going the wrong way on Ramsey Street, and Ramsey Street in the parade area will be closed to all other traffic. The public should not line up along Wilson Park, as the parade ends at Fourth and Eddy streets.

Tyler Street will remain open for northbound traffic only to allow access to the downtown area and east Hastings.

About 90 units are scheduled to participate in the parade. Honored guests are the Hastings High School girls' softball team, state champions; and military personnel.

The parade includes five marching units - Hastings High School Marching Band, the Hastings Raiders Alumni Band, the Minnesota Police Pipe Band, the South St. Paul Drum Line and the Blue Star Drum and Bugle Corps.

Other units scheduled to participate include the Osman Shrine, the Dakota County Mounted Patrol, the Hastings Gymnastics Club, the Hastings Cheer Team and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. A number of area businesses and organizations will have units in the parade.

Leading the Parade will be Hastings Fire and Police and the Hastings VFW Post 1210 Honor Guard.

Parade watchers are reminded to respect other people's property.