4th of July in Takoma Park
Despite damp weather, the fourth of July brought the usual festivities to Takoma Park this year: parade and fireworks, though the latter were delayed a day. At the parade, a happy crowd lined up to enjoy the shenanigans. Among the marchers this year were a roller derby crew, an impressively steam-punk-like junkmobile, boy scouts and young bicyclists equipped for whatever came down the road.
Parade winners were as follows: Performing arts, first through third place respectively, Fraternidad Folklorica Cultural Ruphay, The Finest Marching ThunderKatz! and the Mark H. Rooney Taiko School; costumed entries first through third, Zydeco Cowboyz and Cowgirls, Takoma Horticultural Club and Free State Roller Derby; youth groups, first and second places, Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital Service Unit 34-8 and Friends, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 33 and Cub Scouts Pack 33; Roscoe Award, Greenbelt Dog Training Marching Drill Team; Wacky Tacky Takoma Award first through third, Good Dog, Vanadu and the Ritchie Citizens Association; and the TPIDC Memorial Award (in honor of Belle Ziegler, Ernie Weisman, Ed Hutmire, June Aloi, and Kay Daniels-Cohen), Motor Driven Band and Roland’ Unisex Barber Shop.
For more great images of the parade, including floats and marchers, go to www.tpssvoice.com/2015/07/07/photos-takoma-park-parade-damp-but-undaunted.
This article appeared in the August 2015 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.