Independence Day, Shelburne Falls, Masaschusetts. July 5, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, Politics and Society.
Tags: chicken bar-b-q, Fourth of July. July 4th, parade, Shelburne Falls MA
We The People would like to wish our Country a Happy Birthday.
Out here in the western end of Franklin County, we do this with a parade, humble by some measures, but proud by ours.
It starts with a Color Guard of flags:
…enjoyed by local families:
Hey, we’re all having fun here!
…followed by a double handfull of veterans:
…a Cub Scout den, who were to be the beneficiaries of the Chicken Bar-B-Q to follow:
…one “float,” promoting another event in a different town (mine):
That’s Eric, a local producer of lots of pastured lamb.
Let me interrupt this parade to say that We The People were thoroughly enjoying this right-sized spectacle. Families lined the curbs (can you spot the brothers?)
All were welcomed, people and pets:
Big people and Little people:
Yeah, that’s a repeat, but it tells the story…
There were displays of patriotism:
…and of skill and daring:
…and of Just Plain Cute:
There was a long line of classic cars, from which I culled this shot:
…and every piece of fire-fighting equipment in West County, God forbid that anything choose today to burst into flames:
Here, a little family digs (or doesn’t) the sirens of the passing fire engines:
…while kids wait for the candy tossed by every passing vehicle:
The parade wound through town, ending up at the local elementary school for a Bar-B-Q which benefitted the local cub scouts:
Great grilled chicken and fixings:
…and the happiness of a full belly:
So, a nice day and an unwieldly-long post about something which is only locally relevant. I can’t help it; the local sights push all of my buttons, and seem to my provincial eye to be worth sharing.
BTW, this was shot with such a variety of lenses that I won’t bore you with the details.