Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day Parade

We're moving in a few weeks, and we've been hearing from everyone how our new town puts on the most amazing Fourth of July parade around.  So, of course, we had to check it out...and we were not disappointed!  This thing was more than an hour long, with hundreds of floats, sirens and more candy than you would ever believe.

The cheer that went up when the color guard passed was amazing.  The crowd was so proud of their veterans, clapping for each VFW float that passed.  A man across the street from us yelled out "Thank you for your service!" to every one of them.

All the trucks, new and old were out and blaring their sirens.  It was really cool!

High school cheerleading squad, followed by the football players.  There's a new varsity head coach, and these kids are super involved in the community now.  And, of course, several of them know Hubs, so we got lots of shout-outs.

The new head coach.  We've known him for years, and the kids adore him.  He came over to us on the side of the road and was high-fiving E.

Red Robin.  Yummmm.

The four-lane road was really more like two, because the crowd was spilling into the street to get closer to the action.  Well, let's be honest.  It was to get a better shot at the candy.

I'd been told that several people walked in Star Wars costumes, and I was not lead awry.  Here's the Storm Trooper to prove it!  There was also a guy that could easily have passed for Liam Neeson as Jedi Master Qui-Gon was kind of spooky!

This looked sweet coming down the street.  The boys informed me that this is actually a bad-guy (I've come to learn it's a member of the Emperor's Royal Guard)...but we decided that it's still cool that he's patriotic.

One of the many dance and gymnastics troupes in the parade.  I bet this girl made it 30 yards in that handstand.

Move over, Halloween.  The kids easily made a candy haul that rivals any trick-or-treating they've done!

Tonight we're going back for food vendors, bounce houses and fireworks.   Makes me so excited to be moving there...very proud to be a new part of that community and my country!

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