Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Villa Grande Parade

For the most part, Villa Grande is off the map,  which is the way they like it, but once a year on the 4th of July, the good towns people of the greater Villa Grande area, dust off the red, white, and blue bunting and parade around in true patriotic fashion.

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Follow Hannah Gart of KarmaTales, as she joins in the parade, now in it's 34th season!

Rich Holmey, the official Villa Grande Orator, reads aloud the declaration of independence.
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Reberto Esteves and Kyla Brooke were the Masters of Music and welcomed everyone to join the Hubbub Club Band, with kazoos generously donated by Villa Grande.
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Last but not least, Jon Box, official Villa Grande Cannoneer made sure that the no one forget that it was the 4th by setting off a very small, but extremely loud little cannon.

Every year on July 4th at 4:30 p.m. the villagers assemble in the Villa Grande town square. Excerpts of the Declaration of Independence are read and then the citizens parade through the town, playing kazoos and singing patriotic songs. The procession stops at the old Villa Grande Hotel for more singing, dance performances and the Children’s Kazoo Chorus. Next, the parade repairs to the Villa Grande beach where a cannon is fired in recognition of the struggle for independence.

This delightful event originated in the early 1900s and was revived and embellished by Wyman Spaulding in the late 1970’s. The tradition is now perpetuated by Friends of Villa Grande.

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