Norwood Day in Norwood MA is a celebration of the town and it’s people. The parade is led by the Norwood High marching band, followed by the Norwood High cheerleaders and sports teams and everyone is in full uniform … and it looked like a thousand kids too. In the end – This is a magnificent day – it’s “home town” and it’s all about slowing down and spending a day with family and it is one of the best days of your life . We all wish that every Saturday could be Norwood Day.
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.
Few events in this world can rival a children’s parade. I remember marching in parades as a child … seeing the town’s people line along the road made it so special. In norwood MA, the 4th of July festivities begin at 1:00 PM when the main street is closed off and filled with hundreds of children and their parents walking, riding their decorated bikes and pushing decorated baby carriages,
The parade is led by The Colonial Boys fife and drum band. and the newest addition, the Junior Colonial Boys band. You can feel the excitement in the air as the kids parade around the town’s gazebo with the hope of winning a prize.
But everyone wins. There is a tee shirt and ribbon for everyone.
a few lucky ones are chosen as the best and they get to ride in the main parade later in the day.
I’m there each year tying to capture the spirit of the day, but mostly because it helps me remember how important family really is.
When you shoot as many images per week as I do, you can tend to see multiple things in them.
This single image is of The Colonial Boys, a fife and drum marching unit who because of their generosity to the community are one of the most respected groups of their kind. But as I was preparing this image I couldn’t help but think of a couple of funny captions for what “could” have been happening.
And in my own twisted way, I had to share them with you. One is blank … so what’s your funny caption?
Do I ever love the Fourth of July! The town just closes down the whole center and makes a day of it.
First there is the kids parade, (check out my “Astronauts and Baby Carriages” blog) and then later in the day is the “Big people’s Parade”. There is a line of fire engines and police cars from all of the neighboring towns and each one is trying to have a louder siren I think … I still can’t hear !
The military units follow. They are made up mostly by re-enactment groups and it is very impressive.
So what is it about the Fourth of July that I love so much? I think it is the fact people seem to enjoy being together, they interact and seem to have a great time.
I do my best to capture images from the parades in town. The faces of the people that are marching and the people that are watching.
It’s nice to see the cub scouts, brownies, matching bands … all the Townies. All the people that love the town and cherish the people that live here.
This was the Memorial Day parade. It is especially good to capture the images of those who served in the armed forces and those who are still in service marching side-by-side in the parade. You can see how they look at each other and see such different things.