Who doesn't love a parade? An opportunity to show civic pride, to marvel at imaginative floats, to let one's spirit soar with the martial cacaphony of strolling sousaphones? A chance to view pandering politicians, hustling votes in imaginative ways?
Yes, everyone loves a parade. And nowhere are you more likely to see patriotism shading into rampant jingoism than in the annual spectacle of the American Fourth of July parade. This event is one of the last bastions of community spirit, uniting folks from across the political spectrum, a place where Hillary and Donald supporters can stand shoulder to shoulder and cheer as the Girl Scouts march past.
The Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade, was emblematic, an icon repeated in innumberable communities across the country. It was also an excellent opportunity for a little street photography, which, coupled with incisive commentary, is presented here.