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6/28/13-With lots of colorful paint and even more imagination, work crews are putting the finishing touches on the floats that will make their way through the streets of St. Louis during next week's VP Parade. There's a new start time, 9:30 am, and a new route that will start in front of the Central Library, turn left on Tucker, right on Washington down to 4th, then onto Market. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

6/28/13-With lots of colorful paint and even more imagination, work crews are putting the finishing touches on the floats that will make their way through the streets of St. Louis during next week’s VP Parade. There’s a new start time, 9:30 am, and a new route that will start in front of the Central Library, turn left on Tucker, right on Washington down to 4th, then onto Market. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A lot of tradition and a few new twists were unveiled Friday by Fair St. Louis organizers ahead of next week’s celebration.

The festivities begin with a balloon glow and block party at Kiener Plaza on the night of July 3.

Following Thursday’s Veiled Prophet Parade with its new route and new starting time of 9:30 a.m., the VP Fair gets underway with Trace Adkins providing the main stage July 4th entertainment, followed by the traditional fireworks show.

“Our fair continues on July 5th when we’ll host a very special salute to the troops ceremony to honor our men and women in uniform before welcoming Brett Michaels to the Budweiser Main Stage at 8 p.m.,” Bob Chapchik with the Fair St. Louis Foundation said.

Also on tap are the Freedom 4-Miler race on the 4th, the Family Fun Run, and five air shows.

The U.S. Bank Air Show will return skies above the Mississippi River with five performances over the 4th of July weekend.

Thursday, July 4 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Friday, July 5 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 5 p.m.

The Counting Crows will headline on the fair’s final night, July 6.

Also new this year will be a fairgrounds-wide warning system for bad weather featuring a yellow flag for a potential weather alert and a red flag for evacuation of the Archgrounds.

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