No one has experienced previous Northside 4th of July Parades complained about the rain that fell throughout the event, not even when it intensified near the beginning. (It let up shortly thereafter.) This time the sauna-like conditions created by high temperatures with high humidity were not part of the equation, and the large and festive crowd was lucky to avoid that business. Here are some pictures of the occasion, most of them self-explanatory, while a couple include some commentary.
There wasn’t a whole lot of pomp & circumstance to the participation of Gabrielle Giffords, who appeared near the beginning of the parade and rolled by so quickly that I just barely had to snap a photo of her. I can’t think of a better person to grace a 4th of July parade than Gabrielle Giffords. Thanks for visiting and for fighting for our safety – and come back anytime:
For those of you who don’t recognize him, this is Al “Bug” Williams, the impresario behind The Loft Society, a jazz performance space that has hosted dozens of fabulous jazz concerts by some very important artists from around the world. Here we see All marching for Christopher Smitherman, who has been known to show up at some of the Loft Society events:
You may have noticed that I used the phrase “Sights and Sounds” in my title, and you may be wondering where the sounds are. For that you’ll have to check out part 2 of this chronicle, which will contain the videos I shot of the parade. I got a lot of good footage this time around, and I recommend checking it out.