For many of its early years, Lodi loved a parade. Lavish parades were traditional features of large community gatherings such as the huge Fourth of July celebrations in the early 1900s, the Tokay Carnival in 1907 and the Lodi Grape Festival for decades.
These parades were grand showcases for bands, elaborate floats, decorated automobiles and large marching groups from clubs, fraternal organizations and schools. These were the grand, dignified processions of a proud community.
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