Monday was very hot with record breaking temperatures in our part of the world. The Boston Marathon runners had very difficult conditions for the race and some (but not many) took the option to transfer their registration to next year. Many of the groups marching in the Patriot's Day Parade here in Concord wear costumes with many layers, some made with wool, and they had to contend with the extreme heat to participate in this annual tradition.
It was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky. This is the First Parish Church with a shiny gold dome at the top of the steeple. This congregation was gathered in 1636, nearly four hundred years ago.
Concord selects an "Honored Citizen" every year - this year it was actually a married couple who have both contributed countless hours to the town. The Honored Citizens lead the parade.
I imagine these powdered wigs are pretty hot to wear.
This group comes from Michigan every year to march. Their outfits look so warm (though they are usually fine for April). The parade goes through town and out to the Old North Bridge (where the "shot heard round the world" was fired). After a brief ceremony at the bridge, the parade passes through town again about forty-five minutes later.
There are always some young people marching as part of the reenactment groups. I love to see how seriously they take their responsibilities!
The bagpipes come near the end of the parade. You can see the crowds starting to follow the parade behind them. The parade route is closed to cars so everyone enjoys wandering in the streets and greeting their friends.
The uniforms are very impressive - these "redcoats" look particularly sharp with their furry (and very hot) hats.
The cannons are fired early in the morning. The first year we lived here it was quite startling to hear.
There are vendors selling balloons, souvenirs, flags...
...and cotton candy!
These patriotic mice were dressed up in the Toy Shop window.
Our neighbor's dog looked very patriotic with her coat and hair bow.
While waiting for the parade to resume, this police officer allowed some small children to sound the siren and horn on his motorcycle.
We walk into town for the parade - it only takes a few minutes and solves the parking problem for us. I like to walk because you usually notice more than you do from the car. I didn't realize just how huge this tree is until we walked by and got a good look at the trunk.
We watched both segments of the parade and then trudged back up the hill to our house. The flowering trees are so pretty this year.
I'll post the winner of the spot in the Ella Publishing course Spring Training 2012 a little later this morning. I wanted to allow any West Coast readers time to post before midnight on Monday and I have to go out first thing Tuesday morning so I'll draw the name as soon as I get back.
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