Brookline’s Fourth of July parade a success

BROOKLINE – Hurricane Arthur may have caused area towns to postpone evening Fourth of July fireworks, but the 10 a.m. Brookline parade went off without a hitch, or even a raindrop.

The light showers earlier in the morning were gone, and although skies remained grey and threatening all day, the clouds and breezes provided comfortable conditions for marching and watching.

Hundreds of people lined the streets for the annual spectacle, and then made their way over to the ball fields for Family Fun Day, with food, games and more festivities.

The traditional flyover by the Brookline Airforce provided the prelude to the parade, which led by the color guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Members of the Lions Club passed out red, white and blue balloons to onlookers, and many marchers tossed candy to the children in the crowds.

There were politicians, scouts, civic groups,floats, decorated cars, wagons and bicycles, dogs and even goats, along with tractors, ambulances and fire trucks, both vintage and new.

Several people the Journal spoke to were newcomers, enjoying their first parade in their new hometown.

“We just moved here from Long Island and we love it,” said Mike Rogers, whose two sons were clad in patriotic Mickey Mouse shirts.

For the Noble family, the parade has become part of a special celebration, since daughter Maggie was born on the Fourth of July.

This year she celebrated her seventh birthday alongside her grandmother Ann Marks, who was visiting from Ontario, NY. Marks also has a patriotic birthday: June 14, Flag Day.

“I love that I get to celebrate with my family, go to the parade and have my own fireworks,” said Maggie.