Wick-a-te-wah parade brings neighbors together

Dan Behring (American flag shorts) and his family walk in the Wick-a-te-wah Fourth of July Parade as a kazoo band on Friday in Onekama Township. (Justine McGuire/News Advocate)

Dan Behring (American flag shorts) and his family walk in the Wick-a-te-wah Fourth of July Parade as a kazoo band on Friday in Onekama Township. (Justine McGuire/News Advocate)

ONEKAMA TWP. — Although small, the second annual Wick-a-te-wah Fourth of July Parade didn’t lack in patriotism or fun.

Nearly the entire neighborhood gathered to walk down the streets together clad in red, white and blue. The procession was overloaded with smiles and laughter.

Families walked together, and everyone was decked out in their holiday finest, from babies to dogs. Golf carts, boats and bikes were also decorated.

The family of Dan Behring walked as a kazoo band. The Walters family brought up the tail-end of the five-minute parade, and sat together in a trailer adorned with a “Happy Fourth of July” banner, American flags, and red, white and blue streamers.

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Bev Cowles and John Sapkowski, grand marshals of the Wick-a-te-wah Fourth of July Parade, pose together prior to the parade on Friday in Onekama Township. (Justine McGuire/News Advocate)

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Justine McGuire/News Advocate Elise Godzina, 1, gets ready to take off in the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” float during the Wick-a-te-wah parade on Friday in Onekama Township. (Justine McGuire/News Advocate)

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Young men ride a boat during the Wick-a-te-wah Fourth of July Parade on Friday in Onekama Township. (Justine McGuire/News Advocate)