Parade, street dance close the festivities of Bemidji All School Reunion – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — In a joyous conclusion to the All Schools Reunion Week festivities, Bemidjians flooded the streets of the city center on Saturday night for a parade followed by a street dance.

The day’s events began at 10 a.m. with a gathering of Bemidji High School Sports Letter Winners followed by an All School Reunion Choir concert at noon in the high school auditorium.

Choir director Chris Fettig led the group through three different songs, including “Adoramus Te”, “Loveliest of Trees”, and “Night of Silence”. Halfway through the concert, Josh Peterson, a graduate of the Class of 2000, presented Fettig with an old photo of himself signed by the choir as well as a music staff trophy to thank him for the impact he had on many of their lives.

Josh Peterson, former member of the Bemidji Choir, Class of 2000, presents a gift to Choir Director Chris Fettig during an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the Bemidji High School auditorium.

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After the concert, the former students of Bemidji High School went to the Corner Bar and the Garden Grill and Pub for a cornhole tournament.

Beginning at 6 p.m., friends and community members gathered on Beltrami Avenue and Third Street for an All School Reunion Parade. Things started with the posting of the colors by American Legion Post No. 14, followed by Grand Marshal LaVerne Whelan and several floats from various high school graduating classes.

Shortly after the parade, a street dance and live music closed the evening and the reunion.

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Grand Marshal LaVerne Whelan, Class of 1940 waves to the crowd during an all-schools reunion parade Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Bemidji.

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Merlin Froyd, Class of 2001, plays the piano during an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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A member of the Class of the 70s waves to parade goers for an All School Reunion parade on Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Bemidji.

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Members of the American Legion Post No. 14 march down Beltrami Avenue during an All Schools Reunion Parade Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Bemidji.

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Bemidji Choir alumni sing “Adoramus Te” during an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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Parade goers receive necklaces on Saturday, July 23, 2022, during an All School Reunion parade in Bemidji.

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Director Chris Fettig speaks to the audience before an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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Bill and Barb Bohn, class of 1964 and ninth-grade high school sweethearts, walk down Beltrami Avenue during an All School Reunion parade Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Bemidji.

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Members of the class of 1972 celebrate their 50th class reunion on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at an All School Reunion parade in Bemidji.

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On behalf of the Bemidji Choir alumni, an old photo of Director Chris Fettig signed by the choir is presented to him during an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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Bemidji Choir alumni sing “Loveliest of Trees” during an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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A member of the Class of 1976 waves two American flags during an All School Reunion parade Saturday, July 23, 2022 in Bemidji.

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Parade goers receive candy from the Class of 1974 on Saturday, July 23, 2022, during an All Schools Reunion Parade in Bemidji.

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Bemidji Choir alumni pose for a photo following an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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Choir Director Chris Fettig and his family pose for a photo following an All School Reunion Choir concert on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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