Festive Fourth of July

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Hundreds of Topeka residents lined the streets of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city Saturday morning to watch a longstanding tradition.

The Collins Park Fourth of July parade featured classic cars, old military vehicles and neighborhood groups.

“A lot of people don’t get to see old cars like this anymore and I think — the older folks especially — are thrilled to see [them],” said Tyrone Thomas, the owner and driver of a Ford Model A.

Thomas drove the black, open top car in the parade.

But the event, which is touted as one of the largest and oldest parades in the city, also focuses on the neighborhood.

Ana Miller, a Topeka resident, has been coming to the parade for decades. She still thinks the event is fun for family and friends.

Over the years, Miller has watched the parade grow.

“You still get to see the amazing fire trucks from all the different eras. Different, old-timey cars. It’s fun,” she said.


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