Photographer's Note

I'm a day late, but the celebration of American independence deserves at least a couple of photos, even belatedly. While San Rafael has its Italian Street Painting Festival and San Anselmo has its Art and Design Festival, Larkspur and Corte Madera have their combined annual Fourth of July Parade and Fair.

I went early, hoping that if I arrived an hour before the parade began I'd find decent parking and a good spot along the parade route to capture a few photos. Silly idea to say the least! The main street was lined with chairs, most filled with family members waiting. Some were chatting with neighbors, some were having an early picnic. A few from the local tavern were having an early morning brew. I drove blocks past downtown before I found a parking spot in a residential area, fully aware that it would be impossible for me to leave the neighborhood before the parade was finished. I left my car and wandered down the parade route.

The first thing that struck me was the incredible number of children lining the street, most dressed in the colors of our flag, red, white and blue. Americans may be having smaller families but they certainly all came out for this celebration. I paused and took photos before the parade began and then later as local clubs passed by to show off their commitment to the community. In this photo you see in the distance an antique fire truck that I've seen before at other events. The man in the foreground was pointing at another fire truck that was passing with its siren blaring. I swear it was so loud that people stood with their ears covered.

Marin County is one of the most politically liberal in the United States. Few folks support the war in Iraq, even fewer voted for President Bush, but on this one day they were happy to wave a flag and salute the veterans as they drove past in jeeps and trucks used in World War II. It was a lovely day to be part of a community.

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