The celebration starts early on the Fourth with a run, followed by the parade and then activities, food and entertainment in the park downtown. Later that night is more entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.
J & B were in the Ashland parade. They were very excited to do this since it was their first holiday here. Barbarian's sister was dancing in the parade with her belly dancing troupe. They invited their children to pass out candy and flyers along the route as they danced.
This photo is right before the parade started. Look at that crowd!
And that hand in the middle of the photo? That would be Barbarian waving to her.
And there are the belly dancers! Their parade entry received first place in their division!
These gals were one of our favorite sites that day. These living statues would hold their position until someone tipped them. Then they would reposition themselves. This went on for hours! Do you think that metallic paint on their skins is healthy or, at the very least, extremely hard to remove?!
Can't wait for the next holiday here!