Collins Park "It's Like A Little Hometown"

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Before the big community party at the lake, many Topeka neighborhoods gathered for their traditional 4th of July festivities.

Collins Park struck up the band for its morning parade.

They bill this as one of the oldest Independence Day parades in the city, dating back 30 years.

Residents of all ages turned out in their red, white, and blue. And they say you never know who -- or what -- else will show up.

"We even had a goat; a neighborhood goat and he walked in the parade all decorated," said Susan Marchant. "Pets, kids, it's very Americana, what can I say? Seeing your friends, seeing your family, seeing everybody on the block."

"It's just like a little hometown."

Marchant says the parade is so popular, it's attracted guests from all over the world.