PHOTOS: The grand parade

IMAGE: As he has for years, Uncle Sam himself participated in the Takoma Park Independence Day parade. Sam has a strong resemblance to resident Jeff Silverstone.

PHOTOS • BY BILL BROWN, JULIE WIATT and MARY ELLSWORTH

The Takoma Park Independence Day Parade was as eclectic as ever Monday, July 4, 2016. The weather was cooler than usual and the rain gave both the parade and the evening’s fireworks a break. It fell in the afternoon between the two events.

The parade is run by a volunteer committee, funded by donations and city grants. Cash prizes up to $300 are given to winning parade entries in six categories. Judges sat at several spots along the parade route, assessing each unit.

There were three prizes in the Performing Arts category, which iIncludes bands, marching units, and dance, acrobatic and theater troupes. First prize went to the Keri Tomenko Music Studio. Second prize went to The Morning Few Band, and third prize to the Infinity Elite Dance Team “Dazzling Dolls.”

Washington Revels won first prize in Costumed Entries. The second prize went to the Maryland Faerie Festival Flying and Marching Unit.

The one prize awarded in the Youth Groups category went to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 33 and Cub Scouts Pack 33.

The Roscoe Award for animal groups first prize went to  Poultry in Motion. The second prize was won by Takoma Dogs.

The Wacky Tacky Takoma Award first prize went to Cupcake Chaos. Second prize went to Cowbells for Crossroads.

The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee Memorial Award in honor of Belle Ziegler, Ernie Weisman, Ed Hutmire, June Aloi, and Kay Daniels-Cohen went to the Takoma Horticultural Club.

Pictured in our photo slide show are all the entries, and that kid in the black cape again. Who WAS that caped crusader?