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.