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A parade that stands still

Matthew StolleMay 21, 2019

WHALAN — This tiny Fillmore County city marches to the beat of a different drummer — except that its parade doesn’t march.

The city’s annual parade has all the trappings of a civic celebration: marching bands, music, grand marshals, floats, American Legion members. But they don’t march. They stand still. Everybody else does the moving.

On Saturday, Whalan hosted its 25th annual “Stand Still” parade along a two-block stretch of downtown (that’s close to all there is). It’s such a unique sight that the parade draws hundreds if not thousands of people each year, transforming this sleepy town of 63 people into a colorful, bustling pageant.

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