Our neighborhood resurrected a years' old tradition last week, born of Mayberry and family and simpler times: a Fourth of July parade.
We don't have 76 trombones or 110 cornets or a thousand reeds, but we do have air horns and car horns and I think a kazoo or two.
Crowds don't fill the streets, but neighbors come out of their woodwork or brickwork to cheer for the red, white and blue…
Patriotically-embellished lawnmowers replace tissue-laden flatbeds, golf carts putter street-side instead of brobdingnagian floats suspended overhead, and characters aren't cartoonish giants, they're pint-sized or daddy-sized.
Slices of All American Apple Pie: John Deere tractors, Radio Flyer red wagons, Harley and Rolling Stone tee shirts on middle-aged men, and a little surrey with the fringe on top. They all bless my born-in-the-USA heart.
S i g h…how can you not love a home grown parade? Since we don't have a riding mower or a golf cart or a tractor, I figure I could still "participate" by taking pictures of those who do…although a few rabble rousers asked me if they needed to sign a release. To teach them a must-needed lesson, I added 10 pounds to their weight in Photoshop.
You can have your Macy's Thanksgiving Day or Rose Parade…I'll stick with the party in the 'hood :).
How do you celebrate Independence Day? Is this the quirky kind of thing you think of when you consider the South? If you live in a neighborhood, do y'all have any community get-togethers? If not, why not initiate a new tradition!!!
I LOVE THAT!! What a great throwback parade! We may need to start a new tradition in my hood.
What a great tradition!
I’d like to live in THAT neighborhood! Mayberry RULES!
LOL on the extra 10 lbs. way tooooo funny!
I love parades like this! Last week we went to a similar community parade – the final marchers were members of the Precision Lawnchair Marching Dads (think drill team), adorned with American flag boxer shorts, white tees and knee-high black socks. Classic!
THis is the best thing I’ve ever seen! I love it.
THIS IS SO AWESOME! love this idea so much!