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Hours before floats in the 96th annual Livingston Roundup Parade converged on South Second Street, spectators in red, white and blue regalia set up their folding chairs along the parade’s path. It wasn’t long before the sidewalks were full and people began to congregate in the shade.

Homeowners gathered on their porches to get a first class view of the procession. Volunteers directed traffic and patrolled the streets for safety. At 3 p.m. sharp, a row of flagbearers marched past Geyser Street and toward the downtown area. Then the celebration began.

The Livingston Roundup Parade is Montana’s oldest and largest Fourth of July parade, and it draws people from across the state and beyond, according to Leslie Feigel with the Livingston Area Chamber and Visitor Center. She estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 people usually attend.

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