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The Shriners are coming to Brandon!
Midwest Shrine Assoc. gets OK for Aug. 23 parade here
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

March 27. 2014 10:31AM
A parade of Shriners are coming to Brandon later this year, and they’ve asked to stage a parade here.

The Brandon City Council approved the request by the Midwest Shrine Association to have a parade in Brandon on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 23. The MSA will be in the Sioux Falls area Aug. 20-23 for their annual summer convention, and have asked to have parades in Brandon on Aug. 23 and in Tea on the evening of Aug. 21.

According John Whitelock, co-chairman of this year’s MSA parade, the group will bring an entourage of people with them, estimating 2,500 Shriners and others are expected to attend.

“We believe that we can generate a good turnout of participants and spectators that will be of benefit to Brandon,” Whitelock wrote in his parade request to the Council.

Whitelock said they’ll bring an entourage of parade units as well, with 100 units anticipated. Bands, bagpipes and drums, clowns, horses, classic cars, flag patrols and precision motor units such as motorcycles and mini-sprint cars, are among the parade units that will be in the Brandon parade. For safety reasons, no candy will be thrown from vehicles.

Beginning at 8:30 that morning, the parade units will line up in the Brandon Valley High School parking lot with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. From the high school, the parade will proceed west on Holly Boulevard, turning south on First Avenue and ending at Elm Street. The parade is expected to wrap up about 11:45 a.m., Whitelock said.
The Shriners and their guests will enjoy a post-parade box lunch on the south grounds of Brandon Elementary.

The MSA consists of 14 Shrine temples in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

An El Riad Shrine clown delights a past Loyalty Day Parade crowd atop his two-wheeled bike. Challenger file photo

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