HASTINGS, Neb. -- Kool-Aid Days organizers said they're putting cups into the hands of more people now than ever.
Kicking off Saturday's celebrations with the Grand Parade in downtown Hastings.
With 71 float entries including area non-profits, businesses, schools and pageant queens like Miss Kool-Aid Days organizers said this was the largest parade yet.
They said it's more than just the tasty drink that attracts the crowds.
"It's wonderful. It brings lots of people into town and a lot of opportunity to celebrate their community and unplug from electronics and have some good family time," said Stacy Kerr, a Kool-Aid Days Board Member.
The parade traveled down 2nd Street before turning north to lead parade goers to the City Auditorium and the World's Largest Kool-Aid Stand.
The Truly Tropical event continues through Sunday which is a day highlighted by the Kardboard Boat Races at 2 p.m. at Lake Hastings.