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Jim Seaton dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out American flags and beads at the Freedom Fest parade.

Longboat Key holds Fourth of July Freedom Fest and Parade

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Jim Seaton dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out American flags and beads at the Freedom Fest parade.

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Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Chief Nursing Officer Jean Lucas waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Lucas served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Chief Nursing Officer Jean Lucas waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Lucas served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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Dr. Colleen Healy waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Dr. Colleen Healy waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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Todd Davis, Dr. Colleen Healy, Linda Mazzaferro and Mary Grieco pose for a picture. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Todd Davis, Dr. Colleen Healy, Linda Mazzaferro and Mary Grieco pose for a picture. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

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Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory participated in the Freedom Fest Festivities.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory participated in the Freedom Fest Festivities.

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Fire Chief Paul Dezzi served as one of the grand marshals of Freedom Fest.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Fire Chief Paul Dezzi served as one of the grand marshals of Freedom Fest.

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Dozens gathered around for the Longboat Key Garden Club's butterfly release.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Dozens gathered around for the Longboat Key Garden Club's butterfly release.

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At-Large Commissioner BJ Bishop and Mayor Ken Schneier marched in the Freedom Fest parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

At-Large Commissioner BJ Bishop and Mayor Ken Schneier marched in the Freedom Fest parade.

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Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary participated in the Freedom Fest parade. The horse Uncle D, Maeve Schleicher, Laura Miller and the horse Mr. Peanut pose for a picture.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary participated in the Freedom Fest parade. The horse Uncle D, Maeve Schleicher, Laura Miller and the horse Mr. Peanut pose for a picture.

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District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold walked in the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold walked in the parade.

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District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold walked in the parade with her grandson Andrew Gold.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold walked in the parade with her grandson Andrew Gold.

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At-Large Commissioner BJ Bishop and her dog pose for a picture after marching in the Freedom Fest parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

At-Large Commissioner BJ Bishop and her dog pose for a picture after marching in the Freedom Fest parade.

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A Longboat Key Fire Rescue truck was part of Sunday's parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

A Longboat Key Fire Rescue truck was part of Sunday's parade.

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Dr. Colleen Healy waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Dr. Colleen Healy waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Healy served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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Fire Chief Paul Dezzi and Town Manager Tom Harmer waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Dezzi served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Fire Chief Paul Dezzi and Town Manager Tom Harmer waved during Sunday's Freedom Fest parade. Dezzi served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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Jim Seaton dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out American flags and beads at the Freedom Fest parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Jim Seaton dressed as Uncle Sam and handed out American flags and beads at the Freedom Fest parade.

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Mayor Ken Schneier had a conversation with Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Mayor Ken Schneier had a conversation with Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory.

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Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory participated in the Freedom Fest Festivities.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Aaron Watkins of the Circus Arts Conservatory participated in the Freedom Fest Festivities.

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The horse named Uncle D and Maeve Schleicher walked in Sunday morning's Freedom Fest parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

The horse named Uncle D and Maeve Schleicher walked in Sunday morning's Freedom Fest parade.

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The horse named Uncle D walked in Sunday morning's Freedom Fest parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

The horse named Uncle D walked in Sunday morning's Freedom Fest parade.

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Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

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Ivan Gould and Sharon Gould pose for a picture with their dog Herbie.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Ivan Gould and Sharon Gould pose for a picture with their dog Herbie.

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Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Nancy and Tony Roberts' dog Biscuit was decked out in Fourth of July attire.

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Martina Kinslow poses for a picture with her dog Tinker Bell.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Martina Kinslow poses for a picture with her dog Tinker Bell.

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District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold marched in the Freedom Fest parade with her grandchildren Andrew Gold and Brayden Gold.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

District 2 Commissioner Penny Gold marched in the Freedom Fest parade with her grandchildren Andrew Gold and Brayden Gold.

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Joe Miller, Susan Miller and their dog Pippa waited for the Freedom Fest parade to get underway on Sunday morning.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Joe Miller, Susan Miller and their dog Pippa waited for the Freedom Fest parade to get underway on Sunday morning.

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The Rotary Club sponsored the Hot Diggity Dog contest again this year.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

The Rotary Club sponsored the Hot Diggity Dog contest again this year.

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Mayor Ken Schneier and town manager Tom Harmer get ready for the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Mayor Ken Schneier and town manager Tom Harmer get ready for the parade.

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Finn Fontaine and Ollie and Katie Kimbrell in the Cadence Bank float.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Finn Fontaine and Ollie and Katie Kimbrell in the Cadence Bank float.

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Debbie and Bella James with Shannon and Bibi Lince

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Debbie and Bella James with Shannon and Bibi Lince

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Lenny and Susan Landau with their dog, Sampson, King of Longboat Key (or Sammy for short)

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Lenny and Susan Landau with their dog, Sampson, King of Longboat Key (or Sammy for short)

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Eileen Kamerick with Tully

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Eileen Kamerick with Tully

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Brian, Terri and Zoe Sisler and Rita Holbrook

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Brian, Terri and Zoe Sisler and Rita Holbrook

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Phoebe Gallagher gets some beads from Jim Seaton

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Phoebe Gallagher gets some beads from Jim Seaton

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Johanna, Bob, Phoebe and Griffin Gallagher

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Johanna, Bob, Phoebe and Griffin Gallagher

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Gail Loefgren and Irina LaRose

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Gail Loefgren and Irina LaRose

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Grand marshals Jean Lucas and Paul Dezzi

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Grand marshals Jean Lucas and Paul Dezzi

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Keith, Crystal, Cannon and Colter Creech

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Keith, Crystal, Cannon and Colter Creech

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Cannon Creech rides his decorated bike down the street before the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Cannon Creech rides his decorated bike down the street before the parade.

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Town manager Tom Harmer, right, drove grand marshal and fire chief Paul Dezzi in the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Town manager Tom Harmer, right, drove grand marshal and fire chief Paul Dezzi in the parade.

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Jean Lucas from Sarasota Memorial Health was one of the grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Jean Lucas from Sarasota Memorial Health was one of the grand marshals.

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Colleen Healy was one of the grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Colleen Healy was one of the grand marshals.

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Bay Isles Publix store manager Willie McLaughlin served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Bay Isles Publix store manager Willie McLaughlin served as one of the parade's grand marshals.

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The Longboat key Garden Club walked in the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

The Longboat key Garden Club walked in the parade.

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The Hot Diggity Dog! members walked 33 total dogs in the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

The Hot Diggity Dog! members walked 33 total dogs in the parade.

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Brad Marner and Bo Fuller hold the Rotary Club's banner and lead the Hot Diggity Dog! section.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Brad Marner and Bo Fuller hold the Rotary Club's banner and lead the Hot Diggity Dog! section.

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Kat Hughes and Bailey.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Kat Hughes and Bailey.

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Finn Fontaine and Ollie and Katie Kimbrell in the Cadence Bank float.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Finn Fontaine and Ollie and Katie Kimbrell in the Cadence Bank float.

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Suzy Brenner in the Paradise Center float

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Suzy Brenner in the Paradise Center float

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Aaron Watkins drew a crowd all morning.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Aaron Watkins drew a crowd all morning.

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Residents and visitors lined Bay Isles Road for the parade.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Residents and visitors lined Bay Isles Road for the parade.

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Lark, Steve, Heather and Bliss Rippy with dogs Scout and Camper

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Lark, Steve, Heather and Bliss Rippy with dogs Scout and Camper

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Susan Landau helped pass out butterflies before the release.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Susan Landau helped pass out butterflies before the release.

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Firefighter Jason Berzoskie helped kids like Noah Kennedy into the fire truck.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Firefighter Jason Berzoskie helped kids like Noah Kennedy into the fire truck.

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Tony, Nancy and Biscuit Roberts won Most Patriotic in the Hot Diggity Dog! contest.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Tony, Nancy and Biscuit Roberts won Most Patriotic in the Hot Diggity Dog! contest.

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Biscuit Roberts won Most Patriotic in the Hot Diggity Dog! contest.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Biscuit Roberts won Most Patriotic in the Hot Diggity Dog! contest.

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Katie Armstrong and Auggie the doggie.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Katie Armstrong and Auggie the doggie.

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Auggie won honorable mention.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Auggie won honorable mention.

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Tinkerbell won Best Owner Dog Combo with Martina Kinslow.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Tinkerbell won Best Owner Dog Combo with Martina Kinslow.

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Pippa

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Pippa

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Ryan O'Keefe stomped on a lever for a game.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Ryan O'Keefe stomped on a lever for a game.

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Mary Ellen Forshey gets her face painted.

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021 |

Mary Ellen Forshey gets her face painted.

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