PHOTOS: Takoma Park July 4th Parade – damp but undaunted

PHOTOS • BY ERIC BOND, KERRI REDDING AND BILL BROWN

Presenting the TPSS Voice’s Deluxe Independence Day Parade Photo Spectacular! Here is our photo slide-show of the parade itself. Check out our other slide-shows of parade watchers [coming soon]. If you were at the parade we probably got a picture of you!

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The annual Takoma Park parade had a late start due to rain. A handful of parade units dropped out, but most waited out the showers.

The crowd that lined the streets to see the parade go by was not much diminished by the weather. The usual lawn and porch parties along the route were in full swing. Many spectators waved small flags or wore red, white and blue clothes, hats or face-paint.

Award winning parade units this year are:

Performing Arts (includes bands, vocals, dancing,acrobatics, theater, marching units)

First: Fraternidad Folklorica Cultural Ruphay
Second: The Finest Marching ThunderKatz!
Third: Mark H Rooney Taiko School

Costumed Entries  

First: The Zydeco Cowboyz & Cowgirls
Second: Takoma Horticultural Club
Third: Free State Roller Derby

Youth Groups   

First: Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital Service Unit 34-8 and Friends
Second:  Boy Scouts of America Troop 33 and Cub Scouts Pack 33

Animal Group

Greenbelt Dog Training Marching Drill Team

Wacky Tacky Takoma Award  

First: Good Dog
Second: Vanadu art-car
Third: The Ritchie Citizens Association

TPIDC Memorial Award (In honor of Belle Ziegler, Ernie Weisman, Ed Hutmire, June Aloi, and Kay Daniels-Cohen)

First: Motor Driven Band
Second: Roland’s Unisex Barber Shop

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