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The parade rolled on by.
There weren't any clip-clopping horses or stomping bands Saturday. Only entries with wheels made it into the Art Tougeau, the annual art car parade in downtown Lawrence.
Cleopatra and Anastasia Slough had some of the best seats on Massachusetts for watching the fantastical vehicles go by.
The Sloughs were among the hundreds of children, plus parents, who lined curbs for the entertainment. Their father, Jim Slough, had set up lawn chairs for the girls in his big white pickup.
Cleopatra, 6, and Anastasia, 4, sat quietly as the parade began. They giggled a bit at the low-riding bicycles, followed by lawn-mower mounted cardboard cut-outs and papier mache shapes.
"That's a really small car," Cleopatra said, pointing as a tiny burgundy two-seater, barely bigger than a child's toy, drove by.
A lawn-mowing bicycle solicited several giggles; but the stately antique car decked out in Kansas University flags and carrying the parade judges barely got a glance.
The Slough girls were particularly fond of the collage cars that drove by, personalized with items of all sorts.
"It looks funny," Cleopatra said. "That's a silly car."
The third annual parade stretched from South Park to the Lawrence Visitor Center in North Lawrence and attracted nearly two dozen entries.
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