The grand marshal of the parade was Larry Vanderwielen, whose late wife Lynn helped establish the Little Cousin Jasper Festival. He and his wife plus their seven children and 22 grandchildren were on a float. Larry and Lynn were my neighbors when I moved to Rensselaer, and their two older daughters babysat occasionally for our kids, plus delivered the Rensselaer Republican for several years back when Rensselaer still had paper boys and girls. I was able to speak briefly with him on Sunday morning.
The parade did not have the usual firetrucks with sirens--the firemen and EMTs were marching this year. But it did have something I like to see in all rural parades: horses.