July 4th parades are de rigueur across the country, but nothing is more Americana than a small-town parade (Cedar Creek, NE. pop. 310). No public funds are available for fancy float contests, judges’ grand stand, professional clowns, balloon artists, etc.
The parade comes about from a hand-made sign posted a week ahead of time at the only prominent spot in town, the local bar, announcing the time of the July 4th parade. The residents take it from there, using their imagination to find unique ways to participate. My mom used to say, “Home-made is always better than store-bought.”
The parade route is lined with friends, neighbors and guests, everyone else who is not in the parade. Besides throwing candy, water balloons and squirt guns are popular … and photographers seem to be favorite targets.
Thought for the Day: If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life. Mike Ditka