by RACHEL SLUSS | REPORTER
Reminderville -- The village conducted its annual July 4 parade, but it took a different path because of construction on Nautilus Trail.
"It's kind of like Reminderville's heritage, the fact that they've done this parade for years and years," said Mayor Sam Alonso.
"So we just try to continue to foster it, give an opportunity for residents to get together and understand why they're together and how important it is for us to be able to do things like that for Independence Day."
This year, the parade headed down Glenwood Boulevard, turned into Aurora Shores on Nautilus Trail, continued onto Regatta Trail and concluded on Tradewinds Cove.
Administrative assistant Stacey Task said the village police and fire departments and Aurora Shores Homeowner's Association members made an appearance in the parade. Children rode bicycles along the designated path.
"Reminderville is a pretty tight-knit community, and we like to have family events for all the kids so they don't have to travel out to different areas to have fun," Task said. "They can kind of stay and celebrate different things with their neighbors."
An exclusively village celebration took place in the afternoon at the marina in Aurora Shores. Children enjoyed a bounce house, airbrush artists, carnival games, a doughnut-eating contest and other activities.
There was a wing-eating contest sponsored by Hook's, and the Men's Club supplied hamburgers, hot dogs and beer.
"I've been there 15 years, lived here 18 years and I know it's been going on before I was here," said Alonso of the parade's heritage.