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Melissa Palmer of Lexington and her daughter, Riley, 4, wait for the start of the Mother's Day Children's Parade on the Route 66 walking trail in Lexington Sunday afternoon May 8, 2011. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (May 8, 2011)

Melissa Palmer always looks forward to Mother’s Day. The memories of seven months of bed rest while pregnant with her 4-year-old daughter, Riley, are still fresh in her mind.

“Everything turned out great and she’s been healthy since the day she was born,” Palmer said. “But the doctors were worried about some things so they had me take it easy while I was carrying her. It was definitely worth it, but I still look at her as a miracle baby and so a day like Mother’s Day is truly special.”

Riley joined her mother for the Mother’s Day Children’s Parade along historic Route 66 in Lexington on Sunday morning. The event was one of several during the 2011 Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival, which featured entertainment, flea markets, car and motorcycle shows, yard sales, antiques, food, historical sites, vendors, museums and historical attractions.

About 40 kids and their parents participated in the parade.

Palmer, a resident of Lexington, said Mother’s Day is special in many ways. After the parade, she visited her own mother, also in Lexington.

“This festival makes it easy to celebrate Mother’s Day because there are things to do and the weather is so nice today,” she said. “There is no reason to stay inside when it’s this nice.”

In Towanda, just down the famous highway, sometimes called the Mother Road, Juana Diaz and her family took in the classic car show, also part of the festival.

“This is just a nice way to spend Mother’s Day with the family,” she said with her husband, Jose Venegas, and daughters, Princesa, 7, and Mia, 5.

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