Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Patriot's Day Parade on Archer: A Cool Celebration on a Hot Summer Evening

One of the surest signs of summer in Garfield Ridge is the annual Patriot's Day Parade on Archer Avenue.

On a hotter-than-usual Monday evening, we brought our cameras (and a cooler full of ice) and set up shop at Archer and Melvina---a small but historic spot that is home to one of the last street corner "gate" remnants of decades gone by---as well as two longtime, well-liked independent businesses: Community Cleaners and Bart's Barber Shop.

We shot some decent photos and video of the parade, which stepped off from Twain Elementary School and ended at Wentworth Park.

Seventeen minutes of video highlights can be found on the Southwest Chicago Post channel on YouTube:


We wish all Southwest Siders a joyful, meaningful and safe Independence Day holiday.

Waiting, waiting, waiting for the parade.

Scrambling for candy tossed by the units in the parade.

The ever-popular Chicago Fire Department got lots of applause.

Kids grab gum tossed by Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch marchers.

Lots of kids on and around the Park District float, of course.
Great mix of young people and old/historic corner in Garfield Ridge.

Richard Zilka, longtime (and recently retired) Clearing Civic League President.

Several Cub Scout and Boy Scout units were represented.

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