A Star Turn
The 4th of July is a big Parade Day in St.Peter, 10 miles north up Highway 169 from Mankato. In our area the annual Parade is held about a week later, in North Mankato. In July 2010 MAFTTI made its first appearance in the North Mankato Fun Days Parade. “Carmen Miranda” was our star, presiding over a multi-colored float that showed off the variety of Fair Trade products available in the stores.
The North Mankato Fun Days Parade is MAFTTI’s big day out – really only a morning – but Fair Trade must be taken to the people!
Carmen Miranda and friends at the Parade in 2011 (L) .............and in 2012
In 2013 the Parade took place as usual, but was rain affected. Carmen Miranda was personally willing, but the float would have caught a real cold and been ruined for 2014. MAFTTI was still present, but it was different.
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The Fun Days Parade in 2016 was on July 9. Here's the evidence:.