The Big Parade

Our town's 4th of July parade is somewhat famous. It has been in the Boston Globe and New York Times as the parade to attend.  Here's the MC of the parade, Clyde the Town Clerk.  He has a thick Vermont accent and comments on everything. He made lots of New York Times jokes this year.


Even the newspaper photographer was dressed up!


 The Town Band, made up of old and young.


 The School Board--every elected group was there.


 The bike crowd. One kid had a squirt gun. He gestured to a friend who was watching to put away his camera, then soaked him.  Love that he was concerned about the camera.


 Here are the town librarians. They had 3 book carts go down the street.


The pogo guy

 The teenagers--my girls walked on stilts in this parade one year. 
They loved it.


The solstice sun
Clyde made some comment and the sun came over and engulfed him in a hug.


My favorite float--the seniors all dressed up as if they were in the Olympics.


Here's the swimmer


 The local arts organization put on Dracula last winter.


 There must have been 20 old cars and trucks. This truck was being driven by a baby.


As this row of Mercedes drove by (and Nels and I scratched our heads wondering why they were in the parade), Clyde commented "Look at them Mercedes. There must be a lot of money out on Cream Pot Road."


 I think every tractor in Vermont was in the parade--this is the final THIRD of them.
Clyde knew every single tractor and rider, which farm. etc.


The farms, restaurants, and businesses all had floats.


 The firemen handed out candy.


Firetrucks from 4 or 5 towns were in the parade. Good thing there wasn't an emergency anywhere.
At this point Clyde said "We spend all that money and then no one wants to use them" and "Look at that ladder truck. The only thing we got in town as tall as that truck is a couple of silos."


I love a good parade. They seem to bring out the hometown spirit and creativity that is sorely lacking the rest of the year in our country.

Dawn  – (July 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM)  

I love a good parade too. Yours looks like a lot of fun. That community spirit is so good to see.

Tara Liloia  – (July 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM)  

Your parade looks wonderful! We go to South Hero, which is usually great, but seemed to be missing a lot of participants this year. If the boys weren't marching, we'd come next year!

softearthart  – (July 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM)  

Wonderful pictures, cheers Marie

Quiltin' Mama  – (July 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM)  

We have often been To Chatham, MAss. 4th of July parade when visiting the Grands- in Lieu of tractors they have Boats , , ,mermaids and more . . .great fun

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