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Conception Abbey hosted the Tri-C Celebration (the communities of Conception, Conception Junction, and Clyde).  It started with the annual Lollipop Parade at 12:30pm, traveling from the St. John Paul II Recreation Center to the Basilica Parking Lot.

The “100 year after” Community picture was taken in front of the Abbey Basilica at 1:00pm.  The 1914 picture featured 403 people sitting and standing on the north side of the Abbey Basilica.  The new picture was to commemorate this original picture and celebrate those who helped make the Tri-C area what it is today.  I had the privilege of being the photographer for the group picture!  I was hoisted up in a bucket truck in order to get a few different perspectives.

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Eventually someone will count and see how many people were in the new photo.  Any guesses?

Below:  The event kicked off with the parade.  Abbot Gregory and Sister Rita were the Grand Marshals (they were clearly enjoying it too much).

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Above and below:  What kind of parade would it be without horses and tractors?IMG_5168IMG_5231IMG_5205

Below:  Br. Cyprian offers tours of the Basilica after the group photo and parade.IMG_5279

Below:  Fr. Xavier likes the idea of a free ice cream. IMG_5306 IMG_5324IMG_5185

Above:  Helen and Vernon Jensen and their grandchildrenIMG_5342

Below:  A little fun I had with the group photo (click for details).

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