Most of the photos I have for you this week are from Plainfield's 92nd Annual 4th of July Parade. I'm lucky that I was off this year and it passes right in front of my apartment building. I just brought a folding chair, bottle of water and my camera down the elevator and had a front row uncrowded seat. I took a gazillion photos of the happenings -- more are on my Photobucket album for the parade at this link. I have more I want to upload there!
I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend!
These girls were adorable and quite talented! The Hillside Steppers with these young'uns and a group a bit older, were new additions this year. We also had a senior steppers group -- The Silver Steppers -- come from East Orange.
|I messed with the clown|
Well, I messed with my photo of the clown. I'm pleased with the way it turned out.
|Not a part of the parade|
Maybe not in the parade, but I've been wanting to get a shot of this guy. I keep seeing him whizzing by on that thing all around town. It's motorized, not sure what they call it. It would probably kill my knees, but years ago I would have loved to own one!
|Good sense of balance|
|Flags line my street|
|Those bikes are so cool!|
|Truly amazing stilt dudes!|
These guys danced to the beat of conga drums. One was even raising on leg/stilt up near his head, balancing on the other one and dancing to the beat! They're my favorite new addition to the parade.
While there is a large contingent on Muslims in Plainfield, I've noticed fewer Farrakhan Black Muslims (the bow-tie guys!). I was a bit surprised they smiled for my camera and gave me a flyer. They didn't give me a newspaper, though.
These kids were handing out small flags to the crowd.
|Yes, there's a child there|
Hispanic kids dressed in costume and danced to music as they marched.
|Is that a camera? Am I an Internet star?|
The Crazy Faith Riders, a staple of the parade, seemed to have even more horses and ponies this year. Of course, I heard more than one child ask their parents what the smell was. These city kids need to visit horses!
|Horsepower, no horse|
|PHS Marching Band played|
Sparky, the Plainfield Fire Department mascot, was there in his radio-controlled and human costume forms. As there was a delay right in front of my apartment, I noticed that his mouth moved every time one of the firefighters made him "talk." Unfortunately, it moved each and every time the firefighter said anything. He was talking about the delay. He was impatient.
|Did I mention I loved these guys?!?|
|Rebecca and a flag of another color(s)|
|Honor our veterans|
|Can't be a tough guy with a Teddy Bear|
|Reflections on a flag|
|They have no necks!|
What the heck are these? They're in the window of a second-hand store on Watching Avenue.
|Little bee, big weed|
|"If I stand still, she can't see me."|
|"I think she sees me!"|
|The parade is much too loud for Vincent|