Sunday, July 6, 2008

July 4th Parade

Chappell Hill hosts an annual parade for Independence Day, and it is quite a slice of small town Americana. Anyone in town can enter: Tape some flags on your lawnmower, grab a bucket of candy, and you're ready to go. I love it.

I'm sentimental about that sort of thing, and always tear up at the national anthem. But this year really got me. Standing by us was a young girl, 25 maybe, in Army camos with an airborne patch and beret. She was with two kids, probably siblings but maybe hers. Here she is:

When the veterans' float went by, all these old grisly vets called out to her, "Soldier! Thank you!" and just showered her with candy. I tell you, I could've really used a hankie at that point.

Here are some more pics from the parade. Justin took most of these.

These ladies did a little drill team routine. I have no idea what organization they represent, if any, but I like their spunk.

Same goes for them.

Pastor Dean and his wife Toni.

Betty with the bounty.

Happy 4th.



mandi said...

you caught some of my favorites too- that pig was great, all the way down to her anklet! and the old man being pulled by the mule. such a fun parade!

Erin said...

You know you're in Brenham when....