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June 08, 2011 - Community groups, businesses, youth groups, political representatives, car clubs, and bands are encouraged to march in the Clarkston 2011 Fourth of July parade.

Entries for the parade, with the theme American Classics, are due by June 17. Parade registration forms are available at Clarkston State Bank, 15 S. Main Street, or online at www.clarkston.org.

No entry fees to march in the parade, but donations are welcome.

This year's parade is organized by a coalition of community organizations including Clarkston Optimists, Clarkston Knights of Columbus, Mount Zion Church, and Clarkston Lions Club.

The Independence Township Fire Department organized parade prevously, but had to give it up to concentrate on fire protection.

Fire Chief Steve Ronk and firefighters are working with community groups on transition to a parade committee made up of local volunteers.

The parade starts at St. Daniel's Catholic Church on Holcomb Road, 10 a.m., Monday, July 4. Route is through downtown on Main Street to Clarkston Community Education building on Waldon Road.

Festival of Fun and Fireworks follows at Clintonwood Park in Independence Township.

Clarkston's parade is over 75 years old and attracts approximately 10,000 parade viewers. For more information on parade registration, call Rob Whitcomb at 248-239-0000 or email robwhitrfc@gmail.com.

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