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The Independence Day Parade… an American passion

By Bob Robinson

More photos to come for both the New Madison Parade and the Greenville Eagles Celebration & Fireworks

One of the standards of the American passion for celebration is the parade… in this case the annual New Madison Independence Day Parade.

All parades come fully equipped with high school marching bands, local youth crowned prince or princess for the day, veterans, politicians, fire trucks, emergency vehicles, youth organizations such as boy scouts and church groups, even local businesses and more.

The New Madison parade has them all. It’s been said that the smaller communities do it best.

At least a half dozen fire departments and EMT vehicles from different areas showed off their wares; parade goers saw their local representatives; law enforcement officials; State Rep. Jim Buchy, State Rep. Dick Adams and State Sen. Bill Beagle; candidates seeking public office; the Tri-Village High School Band; and the American Legion, followed by the Boy Scouts, led the procession. There were many more participants in the 45-minute parade… and the crowds on the streets enjoyed seeing every entry.

Parade highlights were Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker, Casyn Holinger and Olivia Flatter; and Little Mr. & Miss Patriot Seth Jesse and Kearstin Auske.

Following the parade, visitors and participants had a petting zoo, Kiwanis sausages, snacks, an inflatable jumping area, souvenirs and drinks awaiting them at the high school.

The other American holiday passion, of course, is the fireworks display. New Madison had them both, as did Ansonia. If anyone has thoughts or pictures from any celebration in Darke County for our 235th year of independence, send them to the editor.

CNO has more than 400 photos from the Eagles Two-Day Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks and the New Madison Independence Day Parade. It will take a few days to put them together, but keep watching. If they merit publishing, you will see them.

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