LOWELL | With a curly wig atop his head and a pie tin of whipped cream balanced in his hand, 10-year-old Michael Flores avoided temptation as he wound his way through the parade route Sunday.
One-third of the Three Stooges, Michael, of Lake Station, his 6-year-old twin sister Kira and brother Gavin were part of the 60th annual Lowell Kiddie Parade sponsored by the town's parks department. The parade featured 74 participants.
Grand Marshals Clifford and Shannan Tetrault rode antique bicycles to lead the parade, which stepped off with a Happy 60th Birthday float complete with presents and celebrating kiddies Carter, Claire and Cooper Benton and Addisyn Hamm and Madison Seberger. They took Grand Prize honors.
Doing her best Minion walk, Danielle Degonia, 8, of Lowell, portrayed one of the popular characters from "Despicable Me."
"It's cardboard and papier mache," she said of her full-body costume.
Her mother, Laura DeGonia, said she was in the Kiddie Parade as a child: one time as Sylvester, another as Tweety.
Roger and Vicki Taylor entered their nearly 2-year-old daughter Ashlynn in the parade as "The Runaway Bride." Pretty in a bridal gown, carrying a bouquet of red roses and wearing pink tennis shoes for a quick getaway, she charmed with her best accessory, a pacifier. Her father said he was in the parade as Hulk Hogan one year and G.I. Joe another.
"It's a nice family tradition," he said.
Pretty in peach, 2-year-old triplets Annie, Lisee and Audie Rose, of Lake Village, took top honors in the patriotic category in their red, white and blue draped mini-train.
Bringing the characters of television's "Duck Dynasty" to life, brothers Westley Corns, 6, and Wade Corns, 3, and Jacob Vick, 8, and Anthony Vick, 6, drew applause for their camouflage gear with a duck pond mini-float.
Watching the parade pass by, the Norris sisters — Emma, Jenna and Madalyn — oohed and aahed with their friends.
Keith Travis laughed as he spotted an Oompa Loompa, 2-year old Landon Ownes, ride by. Landon won first place for his fictional character.
The weekend celebration will continue at 10 a.m. Monday when the 94th annual Lowell Labor Day Parade will begin wending its way from the town's east end through the downtown to the festival grounds at Oakley Avenue and Harding Drive.
Music, children's entertainment, browsing and festival eats will continue at the festival grounds and at nearby American Legion Post 101.