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The 4th of July Parade Gets Political for a Stretch

Well, it is election season, and the politics and politicians were out in this year's 4th of July parade in Danville. But don't worry... it didn't last too long.

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.

Noelle July 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
This is the exact reason I stopped going to the parade and will never attend my hometown parade again. I feel bad for the "true" parade participants and used to love to attend when it was all about the kids! Now it's all about the politics - can't stand it!
DJ Funk July 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The politicizing of the Danville parade was a key factor in the decision not to attend this year - and possibly ever again - as it appears to be getting worse. This is unfortunate as there are several aspects of the parade that my family really enjoys. On the day we celebrate our country's independence, the collective focus should be on coming together as Americans - not further dividing ourselves based on partisan political beliefs.
Heather Rezowalli July 07, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I agree with you. I'm so glad I did not go this year. It sounds awful. How sad..... this parade use to be such a great community event.):
mel July 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I've been a Danville resident since 1985 and have missed very few of the Independence Day parades. The political rhetoric spoiled the event for me this yr - I agree fully with Julie's assessment above. Yes - more marching bands - can't have enough of them. I liked the TJs float and think that there should be more from local merchants, particularly the local restaurants. I was hungry for "parade food" after the parade but could not a single food stand anywhere. I wasn't looking for a sitdown restaurant - I wanted a corndog, brat, hotdog, burger. I walked from Elliots to Sycamore in despair. Finally, I just went home, got in the car and drove to In/Out in SR. Sad...
mel July 27, 2012 at 06:08 PM
...I think that Danville restaurants could take a lesson from Taste of Chicago (where I lived before 1985). There are numerous local restaurants I haven't sampled. Food stands are fun and give "customers" an opportunity to sample a variety of eateries at a single time. Restaurant merchants display a few of their favorite examples at a modest price. Stands could be set up at the establishments store front or at a central location - like the Farmers Market location. It's hard for a restaurant to make a go of it in Danville - lost 3 good ones this yr LaUltima, Marchellos, PatrickDavids. A little more creativity might help...

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