Saint Anthony Park 4th of July Parade

St Paul’s neighborhood of St. Anthony Park has its own parade, which ends at Langford Park.  We went to take a look.

Here’s our pre-parade self portrait in which I’m noticing the increasing amount of “salt” in my formally all-peppered hair.

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The parade begins with the flag and the Boy Scouts.

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Here’s the Pig’s Eye Jass Band, which plays traditional Jazz.

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Regimented hula hoopers.

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Advertising for the St. Anthony Park Garden Tour.

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State Senator.  At some point I noticed how all the placards were hand written, which was cool.

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Another politician, this time a Representative.

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One of the mascots for the Minnesota State Fair.  (which I hope to someday attend.)  I’m guessing that guy in the background is being above board and not unzipping his pants to expose himself, as he sort of looks like in this picture.

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Spirit of the Park!  I don’t know what this means, but I very much like the car he is riding in.

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Why not have the Board of Education in the parade?

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Middle school students.

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And their principal.

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And why not have the elementary school principal too?

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And, of course the high school is in attendance.

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And a track star and Como Park’s coaching legend.

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This truck of soccer kids was fun.  The ones in the truck tossed the soccer ball to the guys on the ground who would head it back to the truck.

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This tractor and float advertises a tree farm.

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Clown with cannon.  We saw him later in the park and the cannon shoots bubbles, which is fun.

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Probably my favorite of the walking participants.

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And what’s a parade without the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota?

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We’ve got a veteran.

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Here’s the council.

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Encourage a lifestyle with fewer cars.  I like their “drop a car” logo.

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Here’s the Methodist Church.  It’s too late for Vacation Bible School this year, but perhaps you can plan it for next year.

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The truck with the parade’s sponsors.

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A quartet of pipers.

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I’m glad we’ve moved through that period of yellow fire trucks.  They never looked quite right.

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At the end of the parade are two people with a long jump rope stretched between them.  They hold back the bike parade and all the “joiners.”  That’s right!  At the end of this parade, you the onlooker gets to stand up and walk to the parade’s terminus in Langford Park.

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We were looking out for Old Navy flag shirts.

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At the park the Saint Anthony Park Community Band was playing.

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I noticed the Pig’s Eye Jass Band was hanging about to listen to the Community Band Performance.

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Though we did not stay to hear the Patriotic Essay Contest winners, it was still a grand start to our Independence Day.

4 thoughts on “Saint Anthony Park 4th of July Parade”

  1. It was just such a down-home, hometown, sort of perfect 4th of July parade. So adorable. Defintely worth a repeat for next year!

    The walking pee sample, hmmmm, perhaps not a highlight. I would love to see how that person explains their job to others. I play a, well, character. Oh yeah, what’s the character’s name? Ummm… Ursula Urine Sample…. Oh.

  2. Oh my god, a walking pee cup! That is, hands down, my most favorite thing that I’ve ever seen in a parade ever. What a riot! The soccer kids are a close second though. 😉 Fortunately for you, you look great with a lot of salt in your hair, and that shade of pink looks really nice on you.

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