ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Get ready for the parade — the 135th annual VP Parade is set for Saturday downtown.

Parade Grand Marshall Jim Hetladge says the parade will feature over 150 entries, including 18 professional floats, 14 marching bands, clown cars, huge helium balloons, and 50-foot-tall Kung Fu Panda.

“The crowd actually grows every year,” Hetladge says. “As we grow the parade — and we’re taking the parade to become a national parade known as ‘America’s Birthday Parade’ across country — our local attendance is increasing every year.”

The parade begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Broadway and Market and heads west on Market to Union Station.

Fair St. Louis takes place in Forest Park on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

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  1. They are still calling it the Veiled Profit Fair after the white hooded KKK Image! At very least the VP events were only for rich white elitists. It is offensive to people of color and all those who would have been excluded from the VP. Do
    and boycott this event!

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