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DELANO, Minn. - Mother Nature was no match for a Fourth of July celebration that is more than 150-years-old.

Despite the flooding along the Crow River, Delano kept with tradition holding Minnesota's oldest and largest parade on Friday. But it took some work to get the 158th installment to go off as planned.

Earlier this week, sandbags and levees were still holding rising waters at bay, but thanks to volunteers continued hard work, more than 30,000 people once again celebrated the nation's birthday in their traditional style.

"I'll tell you that this pavement just went down two days ago," said Tom Schaffer, Parade Chairman. "The construction company did everything they could to get this done so we would have it for the parade."

Organizers said, they've never had to cancel the parade.

The celebration continues on Saturday with the annual fireworks show.

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