photos by ERIC BOND
The 125th annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade enjoyed sunshine and unseasonably comfortable temperatures. There were bands, floats, acrobats, dogs, horses, and community groups. Local politicians and leading citizens were featured, many of them riding in vintage automobiles. Pat Rumbaugh, Takoma Park’s “Play Lady,” was Grand Marshall.
The parade was named “A Gold Star Celebration” in honor of late city councilmember and community activist Kay Daniels-Cohen. She was known for passing out virtual “gold star.
Beaming Democratic Party gubernatorial primary winner Anthony Brown walked the route with a large entourage and banner. His erstwhile primary opponent – now a supporter – local state delegate Heather Mizeur led the way.
The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee, a group independent of the city, awards prizes in several categories. The prizes come with cash amounts ranging from $300 to $50 per entry. The Takoma Voice’s senior and managing editor served as parade judges this year.
Prizes this year were:
Takoma Park Vol. Fire Dept.
Performing Arts, includes bands, vocals, dancing,acrobatics, theater, marching units:
First: Washington Adventist University Acro-Airs
Second: Panquility Steel Drum Band
Third: Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival
First: Washington Revels
Second: MD Green Party
First: Boy/Cub Scouts Troop 33 & Pack 33
Second: Daleview Pool
Roscoe Award (animal groups):
First: Greenbelt Dog Marching Drill Team
Second: Woodland Horse Center
Wacky Tacky Takoma Award:
Takoma Park Kinetic Sculpture Racing Team
TPIDC Memorial Award (In honor of Belle Ziegler, Ernie Weisman, Ed Hutmire, June Aloi, and Kay Daniels-Cohen):
Tie: Sherman Ave. Precision Grill Team
Tie: The Morning Few
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