WEST PEORIA, Ill. -- The West Peoria 4th of July parade stepped off for the 45th time this morning.
There were 98 groups in the parade and over 10,000 people lining up on the streets in West Peoria.
Everyone came out to show their loyalty to their community and to their country.
Which is also the secret ingredient as to why the parade is so popular.
"It's pretty amazing how many people come out and sit out on the street to watch the parade rain or shine...it's just the true patriotic spirit here in West Peoria," said Mark Wrhel, chairman of the 4th of July parade.
The parade first started back in 1970 and is the oldest parade in Central Illinois still going on today.