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      Celebrating Walt Disney's legacy at Toonfest

      The 16th annual Toonfest took place throughout the day Saturday in Marceline.

      The 16th annual Toonfest took place throughout the day Saturday in Marceline.

      People came from all over to celebrate the art of cartooning and animation.

      It all kicked off Saturday morning with a parade. There was plenty of family fun including a princess tea party and a pirate's adventure.

      Organizers say they do this in honor of their hometown son Walt Disney.

      "It makes us very proud for the fact it all started here in Marceline. Walt said more things happened to him in Marceline than what happened to him the rest of his life and when people come to Marceline and visit us here, they feel it. They know it. They're walking down the original Main Street U.S.A.They're eating in our little shops and they know why Walt felt the way he did about Marceline," said Kaye Malins, Toonfest Chair.

      A cartoon symposium honored cartoonists, allowing them to reflect on their careers and how past cartoonists such as Disney have inspired them.

      Toonfest is held every year on the third Saturday in September.

      For more information on Toonfest and Marceline, visit www.toonfest.net or call (660) 376-WALT (9258).