I live near a small community on the edge of a big city (Catonsville – Baltimore). Catonsville has had a 4th of July celebration (parade and fireworks) for the last 61 years. I have begun to photograph the parade, to try and capture a bit of historic Americana for the future. I will continue to collect memories of this traditional celebration for as long as the Lord allows.
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The parade begins with the Color Guard and fire trucks galore making an ear-splitting racket.
It continues with bands. All parades have bands and without marching bands it just wouldn’t be the 4th of July. Here we see the bagpipes of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
The Baltimore Ravens Marching Band, the only NFL team with its own marching band, a continuation of the original Baltimore Colts Marching Band. Flutes are reminiscent of colonial America.
Bands come from near and far, including the Reading, PA Buccaneers and Burlington, Canada Tour Band.
There are floats. Small-town parades don’t usually have a lot of floats, and they are usually not elaborate, but they are earnest and volunteer constructed and manned. The first float is from Oella, my community. Then we see a hard-nosed Raven from one of the Raven Roosts’ floats (local Raven fan clubs).
The fun vehicles are a chance for the owners to show off their handywork.
Being the 4th, there will always be veterans and sometimes veteran re-enactors.
Vietnam Veterans who help us not to forget and veterans who remind us of our flag. How could it be the 4th of July without Old Glory?
Parades also have little girls and some bring their doggies.
And finally, it wouldn’t be local parade without some water hijinks and Silly String. Firetrucks usually spray the crowd, but sometimes they get more than they give. Last but not least, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts engage some of the bystanders and a softball team gets Silly Stringed.