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Neighbors thank organizer with surprise parade after COVID-19 cancels annual event

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Neighbors on Abraham Drive in Cedar Falls are used to their own parade each Independence Day.

To say they were heartbroken when the parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 is a definite. The parade's organizer, Barb Lyman-Kluck whose been organizing the parade for 30 years, says she didn't want to put anyone at risk.

On Friday, July 3rd, neighbors decided they would have a parade of sorts this year, but this time it would honor Barb.

"It was just a big surprise and they're so kind and so sweet. It was fun, and I think there is some pent up demand. People have been in their homes for far too long, especially those with kids." Lyman-Kluck said.

The parade included police cars, fire trucks, dancing Miatas, and more. Neighbors managed to put the parade together in roughly 14 hours.

Lyman-Kluck started the tradition as something for the kids and it's only grown since. She says they've had a number of "celebrities" in the parade including Senator Chuck Grassley who, she says, told her that it was "grassroots at its finest."

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Taylor Vessel

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