5. July, 2003 - Parade

Yesterday was the annual Fourth of July Parade in my neighborhood. It’s not a huge affair, and I haven’t even made it to the parade most years, but I needed a walk yesterday afternoon, and it was a good destination. I got to visit with a few folks while waiting for the parade, take a few pictures, and was done with that in about a half-hour. There was also the Festival in front of St. Anthony Main, which was basically a bunch of booths with people selling things. The parade went right through that, too. It all wrapped up on Nicollet Island, where there was a lonely jazz trio playing for the benefit of a handful of bums, and one family. I hope some of the parade participants at least stopped by, as these guys looked pretty lonely, but kept playing in the hot sun.

I didn’t go out in the evening to watch the fireworks just a few blocks from my house. I thought about it, but was in the middle of watching Bound For Glory, which I figured was a lot more patriotic than staring at some fire in the sky.

MPD leads the parade
MPD leads the parade
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The parade started with a contingent from the Minneapolis Police Department. The horse-patrol led, followed by a police car whooping and chirping its siren.

Firemen
Firemen
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A fire truck followed, also occassionally whooping its siren.

Don Samuels
Don Samuels
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Next was a band, with Third Ward councilman Don Samuels riding along and getting his face in front of the people who will be in his ward next election cycle.

St. Anthony West Neighborhood
St. Anthony West Neighborhood
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The St. Anthony West Neighborhood had pretty good turnout.

Grafitti Busters
Grafitti Busters
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These kids were pretty enthusiastic about removing grafitti. They were even chanting about it.

Guy on Motorcycle
Guy on Motorcycle
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I’m not sure which group he was with, but this guy had a nice motorcycle with some decorations.

Mill Ruins Park
Mill Ruins Park
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There was a contingent promoting the new Mill Ruins Park (just across the river).

Minneapolis Millers
Minneapolis Millers
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And some people in Minneapolis Millers uniforms handing out candy to the kids.

 

Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association
Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association
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Next up were the representatives from my neighborhood. If I’d been a little less hung-over, I might have joined them on my trike, but as it was, I was hurrying to get down to the river in time to watch the parade.

MHNA
MHNA
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Southeast Anglers
Southeast Anglers
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The Southeast Angle had a pretty good turnout. I think everyone who works at or writes for the paper was there.

Humvee
Humvee
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I’m not sure whether this hummer was National Guard, Army, or what. But they had candy for the kids!

Trolley Cars
Trolley Cars
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Bringing up the tail was a trolley car. The first one was actually part of the parade. The second one was just on the normal tour, and got caught behind the parade.

Jazz Trio
Jazz Trio
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Finally, the lonely jazz trio set up on Nicollet Island.

 

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:54:23.