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Parade Continued from page 1 year marching with the Knights. “We thought it was excellent, we loved it,” she said. “It was great, we love coming every year,” Gary added. Making an appearance back in Southington for the first time since she was crowned Miss Teen USA 2012 in July, Southington native Logan West was pulled through the parade in a horse-drawn carriage, waving to the crowd. People clapped and waved as each float and group that went by did its best to wow the crowd in some way. One of the parade’s many attractions, the Shriners (less well known as the mem-

bers of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or A.A.O.N.M.S.), from Newington, wove and circled their way up the street in their miniature cars, and people from the Southington DriveIn promoted their Halloween Festival by dressing up in Halloween costumes. Karate groups that went by kicked boards, and dance groups did break-dancing routines on their floats. “We thought it was awesome,” said Anita DiSantis, who watched the parade with her husband, John. “They had a lot of good floats in there, the kids and bands were awesome, fife and drums — it’s just a wonderful parade.” After the parade, Connecti-

Opera.” A contestant last year, he hoped to further impress the crowd his second time around. “I love the atmosphere and getting to hear other people sing and competing against them,” he said.

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cut Icon took the stage and attracted onlookers to spot who the next big talent of the festival would be. At the beginning of the contest, one contestant, Gabrielle Mulholland, was eliminated and sang her send-off song, “Your Song,” by Elton John. Gabrielle, 13, said she enjoyed being able to partici-

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