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Kiddie Parade Turns 100

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A Fort Madison tradition marked a significant milestone this year.

The Charlie Korschgen 4th of July Kiddie Parade got its start in 1913.

Andy Andrews was Grand Marshall for the 100th Anniversary of the event.

He has been involved in the organization of the Kiddie Parade for more than 50 years.

Andrews says it got its start when Korschgen decided to teach the neighborhood kids about patriotism and July 4.  He says the first parade had just 14 kids.

Andrews says he would continue the parade even if one kid showed up.  People of all ages could participate, but the prizes were for the youngsters.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.