If it’s July 4th, it’s time for a parade!
In my community, as in many communities across America, a parade is the time for neighbors to come out and cheer on the family, friends, and local community groups who will walk proudly past. In my town we haven’t always had an Independence Day parade, but now it has become a tradition, and it’s a real treat to have the parade come up my street. Sitting curbside, my family and many neighbors line either side, extending kind words and jovial greetings as we anticipate the fire engines that will lead the procession. With full blaring sirens, the sound and appearance of the fire trucks signal that the parade is approaching.
In recent years, my husband has walked in the parade with his fellow town council members. Having now completed his term, he had the opportunity to be a spectator this time around. On this very warm July day, (I think) he appreciated sitting with me beneath a shady tree, sipping iced tea. We brought our chairs to the curb and greeted the various groups that came by. Here are some of the parade participants we saw:
I wish I would have taken more photos, especially of my family and the many spectators who came out. I would have liked to have captured more photos of the colorful groups and the horses in the parade, too. But it isn’t easy to photograph a moving parade, and with a small camera phone, at that! In any event, the parade was fun and over too soon – I wouldn’t have minded if it would have circled around and come by one more time, although I am sure that the many people in the parade would have – it’s just too hot and humid today! I guess like everyone else I will have to just look forward to next year’s parade.