Where do I begin to explain a town parade? The way it brings people together, helps them slow down for a day and remember what is really important.
The Fourth of July parade in Norwood MA is an event. It’s a quiet event in some ways and so LOUD at the same time. The parade is led by fire trucks and other emergency vehicles from all the local towns. And these guys blow every horn that they have as they slowly … oh so slowly drive through town. The sound makes such a statement and the townspeople applaude.
(this guy is not a real fire man … HA!)
And the bands that march come from all over the US and Canada.
But it is the baseball teams … riding on the floats … waving at the crows that line the streets that make this parade so special. This is a town parade … we love our town parade.
Here’s a link to a slideshow of images I shot during the parade.
I volunteered to take photos at the Matt Brown Gala Event ( gala = costs a lot to get in… ). Matt is a Norwood (MA) High School ice hockey player that was paralyzed during a game a few months ago. This event was set up to raise much needed funds for his hospital costs.
Lots of sports and political celebrities were expected to attend the gala . So I told the event committee that I would set up a booth and take shots of the celebs with their fans and print them on the spot as a fundraising effort. This was well received and I was in.
That night as I’m driving to the venue it hits me … What if no celebs are willing to stand there (in my booth) for pictures with their fans ? I’ll just be standing there … alone … in my booth !
Upon my arrival to the venue I am escorted to my area and told “OK Dan, we’ll start with Ray Bourque and then other celebs will come by during the night” … Well OK, ( I said to myself) this is going to be great! Ray Bourque showed up right on schedule … they announced from the stage that Ray is in MY booth and the people lined up for a photo with Ray … over a hundred people are in line within a few minutes … YES! Did I mention that this was my booth? A couple hours pass and I’m still shooting photos of fans with Ray. I’m thinking that any celebs that might be in the area can’t even get close to my booth, that is unless they want to pay for a photo with Ray … HA!
Then I’m told that Mike Eruzione ( Captain of the 1980 USA Olympic Ice Hockey team … the Miracle ) is standing on the sidelines and he can take over for Ray and the shooting just continues,
Look at poor Mike in this image … posing with fans is hard work! Between these two sports legends we raised thousands of dollars for Matt’s fund … This was a great night.
I was so thankful for their participation. You see, they know (as ice hockey players) that what happened to Matt can happen to any player.
We all live for the week-end .. you know the saying … “Work to live not Live to work” I think we forget that … I know that I do. We need … we want … we “have to have” … everything When we have “everything” if we just remember that family is the most important thing there is. I shot this image and knew that I had captured a lot more than a slip and slide. For the moment they reached the end they hugged.
I know it’s still a month away, but I’m the kind of person that can listen to a Christmas song in June … which I did last night by the way, so it’s time to get up and out your “Fourth of July Hats”.
What? You don’t have one? Show that Red White and Blue!
Like the other “one day holidays”, the Fourth of July seems to stop time and helps us remember what is most important in our lives.
One of my favorite parts of the day is the Children’s Parade in Norwood MA. The kids, or more likely, their parents dress the kids as little patriots and Presidents. Then literally hundreds of them come marching down the main street.
Everyone turns out to share in the event and to see those crazy Fourth of July hats. And I’m there capture it all. I can’t wait to share this years images with you!
Today is graduation day for my Son at UMASS Medical.
He was certainly destined for greatness. A great ice hockey player, always loved working with kids (and still does) but what a surprise when after graduating from Quinnipiac University with a degree in Bio-Medical Science … with a minor in Psychology he’d then head off to UMASS to get his Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner?
I will be photographing again today. Just trying to capture another moment in time. This is a once in a life time experience, just like everyday.
I don’t mind getting older, well, I mind a bit I guess. I think it’s more that my kids are on their own now and I am too.
One day I’ll look back on this day with pride, but I know that I had nothing to do with it.