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Thousands from all over attend Bigfork 4th of July parade

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Thousands of people came to downtown Bigfork for the annual Fourth of July parade.

The parade has been voted the best parade in the Flathead for years.

Flathead Valley resident Rosemary Colvetch said she has been going to the parade since 1971. Some Bigfork residents come every year.

"It's absolutely the best place in Montana," said Colvetch.

Parade organizers estimate over 5,000 people came out to see the parade this year.

Susie Jayroh said she was told she had to go to the Bigfork parade by someone in California.

"He told me, ‘If you are going to Montana, you’ve got to go to this,’" Jayroh said.

Some 85 floats rolled through town, boasting the western stars and stripes theme. It took all types to pull it off.

Spectators were decked out in red, white and blue.

"Seeing all the people and what they are dressed in,” said Echo Lake resident Jenna Johnson. “I love their outfits."

For Bigfork locals it’s an exciting day where their community welcomes so many people.

"It's fun to see our tiny town just full of people and full of red, white and blue," said Bigfork resident Jenni Consand.

Many others said the parade is a great way to start their Fourth of July.

Bigfork will also hold another big event this weekend -- the first-ever Bigfork Rodeo takes place Friday and Saturday. For more information click here.

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