Friday Harbor, Fourth of July Parade
Everyone loves a parade. Friday Harbor, Fourth of July Parade
Everyone loves a parade. Friday Harbor, Fourth of July Parade

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.

The Friday Harbor Parade begins with a nod to the British and American soldiers of the Great Pig War, a tribute to the battle that never happened
The Friday Harbor Parade begins with a nod to the British and American soldiers of the Great Pig War, a tribute to the battle that never happened
A perfect period photo, Model T and settlers, ruined by a white Prius
A perfect period photo, Model T and settlers, ruined by a white Prius
Frequent candy distribution ensures that the children remain interested
Frequent candy distribution ensures that the children remain interested
An out-of-season Easter Bunny
An out-of-season Easter Bunny
Not all floats are equally creative
Not all floats are equally creative
A band for the Scots who settled on the Island
A band for the Scots who settled on the Island
The Jingoistic Bus
The Jingoistic Bus
Farmers for the Fourth
Farmers for the Fourth
Patriotic Pooch
Patriotic Pooch
A nod to the French, inventors of Freedom Fries
A nod to the French, inventors of Freedom Fries
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