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Children show their patriotic colors in Wake Forest

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Everyone was dressed up in their red, white, and blue.

Hundreds of people participated in the annual "Children's Parade" in Wake Forest Monday morning.

Attendance dropped slightly because of the rain. Organizers say the parade usually draws about 1,000 people. This year's attendance was estimated at 650 people.

Many of the children rode bikes in the parade, decked out in patriotic clothing and hats and waving American flags.

The annual parade starts at North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue and ends near the Wake Forest Community House.

Those attending say it's important to celebrate Independence Day.

"For freedom and community," said mother Becky Corey. "To show our support for our soldiers overseas and at home."

"It's the birth of America and without America we could still be under the control of Great Britain and doing work for the Queen," said Justine Sanchez, who was in the parade.

After the parade, there was a festival with food and activities.

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