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Kids who join the Lakeside children’s parade will have an escort worthy of visiting dignitaries; both Mount Pleasant police and South Shore Fire will accompany the procession with full lights and sirens.

Children who live in the Lakeside neighborhood are invited to dress up; done the costume of a favorite profession or superhero; trick out their bikes with decorations and/or push their baby dolls in a parade that organizers hope will become an annual summer tradition.

Mount Pleasant police COP Officers Matt Prochaska and Nicole Schiro with Paula Huck from Wells Brothers Pizza and neighborhood residents want the children’s parade to serve as yet another link in building a connection between Lakeside citizens and law enforcement.

“What Matt and Nicole are doing in Lakeside is really making a difference,” Huck said. “We need to make sure kids are part of this as well.”

Participants should meet at the Mount Pleasant COP house in the 2200 block of Mead Street at 5 p.m. The parade steps off at 6 p.m.