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Parade a Saturday morning highlight

Commercial floats, organizations and all who love a parade take the occasion on Rodeo weekend to spruce up and get on out to celebrate.

On the Saturday morning of the rodeo weekend, Virden Lions Club serves a delicious pancake breakfast in the Legion Hall. Families line up along Seventh Ave. and other streets on the route to enjoy the 32nd Annual Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze Parade.

It's a sunny, warm August 20th morning as the parade of over two dozen floats and decorated vehicles wend its way through town.

Over the years, one of the most faithful participants was the late Merle Coleman who, at 91, rode her horse in the 2019 Virden rodeo parade, the last parade for two years, due to pandemic community health restrictions. But Merle's daughter Dreda Braybrook kept up the tradition as a glittering cowgirl, riding in this year's parade.