BERRIEN SPRINGS -- After 10 years of pickle-themed festivals, pickle appreciation ranks right up there with the Pledge of Allegiance when it comes to patriotic duties in Berrien Springs.

How else do you explain the Sunday crowd that lined Main Street in 28-degree temperatures and bone-chilling winds to watch the annual Christmas Pickle Parade? By the end of the parade, the diehard pickle lovers of Berrien Springs were veritable pickle popsicles.