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    Shane Johnson, 13, of Gardiner warms up with the rest of the crowd in Lincoln Park before the main event.

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    Dance exhibitions, like this tap routine, were early Dance Mile activities on Saturday afternoon before culminating with the titular parade.

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    Madeline Martin, left, along with cousins Emma Canedo, Sally Canedo and mother Mariana Martin, pick out tank tops in Lincoln Park before the start of the main event of Dance Mile.

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    Spectator Doni Lucas of Brooklyn, N.Y., was coaxed into a brief dance on Pearl Street with Dance Mile participant Lindsey Hersey, a Portland Zumba instructor. Lucas' nearby wife, Melissa Goodwin, said she was unfazed and supportive of her husband's impulse. "It's what he does," she said.

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    Dance Mile emcee Jennywren Walker fires up the crowd as the lead truck rolls down Commercial Street.

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    Bystander Sabrina Nelson, 13, of Portland got swept into the action after a Dance Mile participant handed her a bead necklace. Moments later, Nelson began riding alongside the parade for the duration of the event.

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    Cullen Gillespie, 9, of Cape Elizabeth sports a banana costume during Dance Mile.

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    More than 400 Dance Mile participants strut down Pearl Street at the intersection with Middle Street.

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    City employee Ted Musgrave barricades Newbury Street as more than 400 people dance-walk down Pearl Street during Dance Mile.

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    Richard Caldwell, who is in Portland on business from Florida, sings along to a Michael Jackson song on Pearl Street during the Dance Mile on Saturday.

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    Lily Tremblay, 3, of Saco rides atop mother Heather Tremblay's shoulders on Commercial Street during Dance Mile.

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    The funky procession makes its way past Lobsterman Park.

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