It’s a Grand Ole Flag

Independence Day – July 4th – 1776 – In the United States some very brave people declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain some 235 years ago.  

They were the leaders of today's parade

Now, we usually spend a lot of money on fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies. 

Terrell Hills parade about 20 years ago

Fireworks have gotten so elaborate and powerful that they are illegal in a lot of places.  And sometimes everybody has had so much to drink that they fall asleep before dark! 

A good time was had by all.

In our small bedroom community of Terrell Hills, we always have a 4th of July Parade.  It goes about 7 or 8 block and ends with a gathering of neighbors, bicycles, wagons and dogs.  We always give awards for the best decorated dog or bicycle or T-Shirt or something.  Everybody gets a first place blue ribbon.  Watchers and Drivers

The parade takes about 25 minutes and 5 minutes before it starts, you would swear that there was not going to be a parade.  Then, suddenly, everyone appears.  Some people bring chairs to sit and watch. 

Dogs and Clowns

One time, about 20 years ago they asked me to lead the singing of a few well known songs….because we don’t have song sheets, etc.  Betty had given me a patriotic anniversary present of a pair of red, white and blue boxers shorts.  I thought they were regular shorts, so I wore them in the parade and to lead the singing at the end.

During the singing, I took a closer look at myself and realized that my shorts were actually underwear.  Fortunately, the crowd (mainly children) didn’t notice.  I went home quickly and changed!

The moral of the story is to be sure and check everything especially on a wedding day before you go down the aisle.  Be sure everything is zipped and buttoned!

All of the photos from this year’s parade are on my web site .  If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know.  Charles Parish – 210.824.9471.   Happy 4th.


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