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The Bear Paw Festival parade circles downtown Eagle River

Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Rylee Ruggles, Sienna Glazer and Reed Ruggles call out for candy during the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
State Rep. Dan Saddler rides on his float with a guitar during the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Crowds lined the street for the annual Bear Paw Festival parade in Eagle River, AK on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The streets were lined with spectators for the annual Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River. Floats representing anywhere from beauty salons to garbage trucks made the circuit in downtown Eagle River. Sports teams, dancers, horses and riders from the rodeo, a marching band, and people to numerous to count handing out candy walked the streets. Politicians worked the crowds shaking hands while their aides handed out candy, buttons and fliers. The U.S. flag was represented in the parade in many forms, with karate students carrying a huge flag, people wearing various flag-themed clothing and groups passing out individual flags.