Sandwiched between the Boy Scouts and baseball players in this year's 4th of July parade in Danville on Wednesday, were the politicos and their followers who came out to show their support, their beliefs and their signs.
And one thing is for sure; it's definitely a major election year.
There was the Tea Party and the Republicans and the Obama supporters and the Romney fans and MoveOn.org and the 99 percent and a splattering of local candidates running for election in November.
There were signs telling people to "Save the American Dream" and banners saying "Taxed Enough Already!!!" and someone wearing a coat that said "Oust Czars," and a Hummer with the phrase "NO! 'Bama'" scrawled across the back window.
There was a loud cheer at Prospect and Hartz Avenue when supporters for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney passed. Unscientifically speaking, the same thunderous applause wasn't measured when supporters for President Barack Obama came waltzing through holding their "Obama 2012" placards.
Congressional candidate Eric Swalwell and Congressman Pete Stark were in the parade, as was U.S Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken.
veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in November.
Despite the signs and with the exception of someone yelling "loser" at the guy holding a poster board that said 9/11 was an inside job, the politics and politicians of the parade was just a small portion of an otherwise nonpartisan good time.
More people were interested in celebrating the birth of our nation rather then the squabbling that seems to dominate our political system today.
And the biggest arguments the parade saw today weren't between Republicans and Democrats and it had nothing to do with the campaign trail or Obamacare.
It was much more sweet than that, literally. We're talking kids and candy.
If you want to see some real battles, watch 20 kids scrambling to pick up a few pieces of hard candy. Now that's more entertaining then watching a roomful of congressional representatives argue.