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Biscuit in a basket, who won honorable mention in his first time in the Hot Diggity Dog contest.

Longboat Key Freedom Fest starts off the Fourth of July with a bang

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Biscuit in a basket, who won honorable mention in his first time in the Hot Diggity Dog contest.

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Sophie and Lucy, who won Most Patriotic.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Sophie and Lucy, who won Most Patriotic.

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Martina Kinslow helps her dog Daisy keep her hat on.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Martina Kinslow helps her dog Daisy keep her hat on.

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Bonnie, the defending champ of the Hot Diggity Dog parade, was patriotic down to the leash.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Bonnie, the defending champ of the Hot Diggity Dog parade, was patriotic down to the leash.

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Rotary members Jack Rozance and Jay Sparr judged the pups of the Hot Diggity Dog contest this year.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Rotary members Jack Rozance and Jay Sparr judged the pups of the Hot Diggity Dog contest this year.

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Statue of Liberty Irina LaRose lights up the parade. Steve Howard and his rescue dogs, Winston and Chico, walked in the parade this year.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Statue of Liberty Irina LaRose lights up the parade. Steve Howard and his rescue dogs, Winston and Chico, walked in the parade this year.

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Two "Puplix" dogs walked in the parade with Allen Yaruss and Karen Coltun.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Two "Puplix" dogs walked in the parade with Allen Yaruss and Karen Coltun.

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Susan McGuire and Nancy Rozance led the wave of Rotary Club members in the parade.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Susan McGuire and Nancy Rozance led the wave of Rotary Club members in the parade.

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Debbie White and her pup Chanel were both decked out and cheered throughout the parade. They won Best Dog and Owner combo.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Debbie White and her pup Chanel were both decked out and cheered throughout the parade. They won Best Dog and Owner combo.

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Uncle Sam, AKA Jim Seaton, passed out beads along the short parade route.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Uncle Sam, AKA Jim Seaton, passed out beads along the short parade route.

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Alice Alexander and Brody from Ohio visited Susan Brown and Briley.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Alice Alexander and Brody from Ohio visited Susan Brown and Briley.

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Though he's not a dog, Willy the pig got in on the fun.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Though he's not a dog, Willy the pig got in on the fun.

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Harrison, Cooper, Sam and Barron attended the parade with parents Rod and Kristine Troyan.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Harrison, Cooper, Sam and Barron attended the parade with parents Rod and Kristine Troyan.

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Briley Fleeman and Macee Haygood snagged their patriotic Blue Dolphin Cafe waffles.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Briley Fleeman and Macee Haygood snagged their patriotic Blue Dolphin Cafe waffles.

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Aaron Watkins leans down from his stilts for a high five.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Aaron Watkins leans down from his stilts for a high five.

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Zuleika Zunz's flowery dress attracted the butterflies after they were released.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Zuleika Zunz's flowery dress attracted the butterflies after they were released.

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Miles Novreske cleaned up at the games and displays his prizes.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Miles Novreske cleaned up at the games and displays his prizes.

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Ayden McCormick, AKA Spiderman, explores the firetruck as firefighter Brian Kolesa helps kids up into it.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Ayden McCormick, AKA Spiderman, explores the firetruck as firefighter Brian Kolesa helps kids up into it.

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Susanna Holt crafts her red, white and blue sand art.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Susanna Holt crafts her red, white and blue sand art.

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One of the youngest participants at the Freedom Fest at four months old, Eleanor Clark, takes a mid-morning nap.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

One of the youngest participants at the Freedom Fest at four months old, Eleanor Clark, takes a mid-morning nap.

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Addie, Sam and Laura Schoenfelder attended the parade again this year.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Addie, Sam and Laura Schoenfelder attended the parade again this year.

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Grant Drake sticks his tongue out at himself after getting a snake painted on his arm.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Grant Drake sticks his tongue out at himself after getting a snake painted on his arm.

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Maryellen Forshey looks on as her dad, Alex Forshey, holds a butterfly.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2019 |

Maryellen Forshey looks on as her dad, Alex Forshey, holds a butterfly.

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