RACINE — Friday morning was neither too hot nor too cold, but just right for the crowds lining the streets of Racine to watch the Independence Day parade go by.
American Flags and the red, white and blue colors were dominate in the decorated parade entries. As the parade left the Southern High School parking lot led by police cars, the Southern band played “America.”
The only stop along the route through town was at Home National Bank where legionnaires raised the flag on the front lawn as the band played the National Anthem. It provided a moment of silence for remembering the reason for the observance and for reflection on the history leading up to the independence of America in 1776.
Among the entries included in the parade were firetrucks from Racine, Pomeroy, Chester, Syracuse and Middleport, several tractors, some decorated in the red, white and blue, and others not, church floats promoting their programs, royalty from various festivals and fairs, and political candidates passing out their literature.
Little children rode in decorated wagons and four-wheelers, and there were three horses at the end of parade which moved from the high school through downtown Racine and then back from where they started.
The Racine firemen had a chicken barbecue at the fire house following the parade and the day concluded with a fireworks display at dark.