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Festival of Lights parade marches on through weather, pandemic

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East Peoria (WEEK) -- It rained and the wind gusted, but crowds still gathered along a two mile route to watch the 36th Festival of Lights Parade.

"With everyone trying to be socially distanced with each other it's good to have families come down here and have a nice parade," Tricia Young, of Washington, said. "Even though we're not together it's a tradition families do at this time."

This year's display featured a 95-foot long Chinese dragon, a 70-foot long float of the Clydesdale horse team, and a 160-foot long steam engine train.

"I think everyone's looking for hope this time of year," Jim Hanes, of Washington, said. "To be able to come out here and practice social distancing and spend time with friends and family I think is a great idea. I'm very glad the mayor allowed us to do this."

If you missed the parade, you can watch an archived version on Facebook.

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