Our part of town in Staten Island holds an annual 4th of July parade. This year was it's 100th year of the parade. What's so neat is that we don't have to go anywhere to see the parade! It goes by our front yard. Here we are getting ready for the parade. It was a blistering 102 degrees out so beach umbrellas were in full force!
The start of the parade began with these beautiful police horses. Here is my nephew watching them in fascination.
NYPD marching in the parade! They were in full uniform in this heat. Poor guys!
Then came a float with the Grand Marshal. I'm not sure who that was.
Here comes the bag pipers. This was so cool!
Staten Island's Fire Department with their big engines. In our area we have 2 fire houses!
Even politicians were showing their support. Here is Andrew Cuomo, he's our state Attorney General and he's running for Governor. You might know his dad, he was the NY Governor in the 80s and 90s. I like Cuomo, but what's with taking a cellphone call in the middle of the parade?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also walking in the parade, but we missed a photo of him because he was surrounded by so many bodyguards and handlers that we couldn't even see him in the sea of people.
In this heat wave, someone was keeping cool! Our cousin Nikki, the golden retriever, she kicked out all of us out of the kiddie pool. Haha!