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Posted: 08/28/13

Superheroes and villains will
be out for Children's Parade

Observer Special Writer

      Watch out! Superheroes and villains will be out and about on Labor Day.
       The Children's Parade, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., is looking for entries. This parade focuses on kids, usually under high school age.
       This year's theme is "Super Heroes and Villains."
       "The true superheroes of our country, our hometown heroes, the military, either past or present will be judges," organizer Sally Orlando said.
       Last year's parade was one of the biggest with more than 30 entries. Orlando is hoping to exceed that number by asking individuals to visit the Masonic Temple's website at or go to the Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Rec office at 361 Morton St. and pick up an application.
       "It's a chance to get out and see kids dressing up as their favorite superhero, maybe bring their dog along," said Orlando.
       There is no fee for individuals, churches or other nonprofit groups. However, a $40 donation is asked of businesses.
       Anyone can still apply until Aug. 31 if the completed application is dropped off at the mail slot located to the right of the front door of the Masonic Temple.
       "You need to be understanding of the last minute entries. It's part of the history of the parade," said Orlando.
       Although the parade starts at 10 a.m., participants need to arrive at 9 a.m. to check in and be aware streets will start closing.
       The parade will start at Hollister and Van Dyke and end at Washington and Van Dyke Road.
       The following have been invited to join the children in the parade: Romeo High School Band, 2013 Peach Queen Sarah Phillips, winners from Kidsfest, Mr. Peachy King, Lil' Miss Peach Blossom, the VFW, Romeo Junior Bulldogs and several Girl and Boy Scout troops.
       "It's so much fun to see all the kids, they are so excited and happy. When you say, `GO!' they panic and ask, `What do I do?'"
       I have to say, "Just walk," said Orlando.

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