Photos: A small-town Fourth in the middle of St. Paul

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Members of the Lawn Mower Brigade — Jonathon Carter, Elizabeth Clark, Megan Tracey, Erin Stutelberg, Joan Maland, Chuck Tracey, and Irene Opsahl — make their way through St. Anthony Park's Fourth of July parade Monday.
Tom Baker for MPR News

It's almost 70 years old, runs five blocks long and lasts about a half an hour.

But the neighbors of St. Anthony Park — past and present — wouldn't miss their Fourth of July Parade for anything.

"It's perfect just the way that it is," said Kristina Halvorsen, who's lived in the St. Paul neighborhood for 20 years. (She's been going to the parade for 20 years, too.)

Late Monday morning, 48 groups walked, mowed and danced through the neighborhood's main drag along Como Avenue.

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