Palisades Parade

Instead of fighting the crowds on the National Mall for the 4th of July, we strolled over to the Palisades Parade, an annual event organized by the citizens association.  The local boy scout troop led the march, followed by bagpipers, drum corps, brass bands, activists, and even a few horses, at the tail end.

The parade was an hour of family fun, complete with plenty of free candy, equivalent only to Halloween, and lots of colorful sights and sounds, specifically from the Bolivian dance groups.  The Different Drummers provided a medley of pop songs that drowned out the younger, quieter Middle C performers that followed close behind, but otherwise everyone had a voice, even if it was a subdued decorated car of a local politician.

One of the highlights of the morning was the brass band from the ACLU that belted out jazzy tunes from atop a large truck and swept up the crowd toward the hot dogs that awaited at the end of the route.  For photos from the event, visit

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