We were invited by a lovely local family to join them at the Bristol R.I. Independence Day Parade. They have an adult son living with a disability that requires him to use a wheelchair. It was a great way to get to know them and get some insights into parenting a disabled child. We got there early, so there was some time to chat. But once the parade started we were focused on keeping the girls entertained.
Wow, what an event! It was three hours long. We heard marching bands from all over the east coast, saluted veterans, soldiers, and sailors. Saw international groups, tea party demonstrators and some wierd, non-patriotic stuff too. The girls clapped their hearts out and were giddy when they saw the motorcycles and clydesdales coming down the way. I will certainly remember to pack hearing protection next time. I've never seen or heard so many muskets and cannons in my life. I think I was more jarred by the noise of the parade than the children were.