Edgartown Fourth of July parade was cheery and festive

An antique fire truck was a bit hit with onlookers. — Photo by Gail Daman

The clock struck 5 pm, and a line of festive parade floats took off Thursday from the Edgartown School to start the annual Fourth of July parade, with horns honkin’ and flags wavin’.

Michelle Connery traveled from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts to attend the parade. She said Independence Day is a day of celebration. “All of us get together, barbecue, go to the beach, eat ice cream,” Ms. Connery said. Standing along Edgartown–West Tisbury Road with her husband, three kids, and extended family, Ms. Connery said she has been attending the parade for nearly 10 years. She said this time of year is “like a family reunion.”

Approximately a dozen people represented the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. They walked the parade route with several dogs and received “aww’s” from the crowd.

Bill Little turned up the cute factor with his 10-month old Maltese puppy, Miss Lilly, and her tiny, pink “doggles.”

“They protect her eyes,” he said, dressed from head to toe in red, white, and blue. “Even if she doesn’t know it.”

From the classic bagpipes, fifes, and drums to Camp Jabberwocky’s colorful Vegas themed float, everybody had a favorite.

For nine-year-old Victoria Almeida it wasn’t a tough decision. She said the best part of the parade are the emergency service vehicles that honk horns and blare sirens through the streets of Edgartown.

“I really like when the trucks come by,” she said. “But I had to cover my ears as they got closer.”

The Almeidas recently moved to Vineyard Haven from Worcester. The family made a day out of the Fourth of July with plans to fish and return to Edgartown in time for the fireworks.

Victoria wore a headband with bobbly red and blue stars, and waved a small red, white, and blue pom-pom as the floats paraded through. She didn’t fail to point out one of her other favorite parts of the parade.

The candy.

As the floats paraded through the streets of Edgartown, friendly waves were often rewarded with fistfuls of candy.

“It’s important to share though,” Victoria said with a smile.