Oak Bluffs Campground Kids Parade has that old time spirit

The kids led the parade. Left to right: Olivia Sipperly, Grace McNally, Grace Rehak, Kate Gaffey, and Jack Sipperly held the Kids Parade banner. — Photo by Angelina Godbout

On the Fourth of July, there are big celebrations and there are small celebrations. Irrespective of size, all share a spirit of patriotism and community. For the 16th year in a row, those qualities were on display at the annual Kids Day Parade through the Oak Bluffs Campground.

Residents of the tight-knit community—adults, kids and pets—made their way among the famed gingerbread houses, much to the delight of onlookers.

The celebration was born when campground neighbors Pam Rogers and Gretchen Rehak gathered their four young children together, handed out pot lids and wooden spoons and told them to march around the yard and make as much noise as they could. Who, under the age of five (or 30 or 70) could resist a prompt like that?

The current celebration is more formal and definitely larger. Last Thursday morning a large crowd of young Campground members marched and hollered and smiled their way from the south end of West Clinton Avenue up to Trinity Park, then around the Tabernacle to finish by the Cottage Museum. Assorted adults and pets joined in as well.

Ms. Rogers’s parents, Jodie and Bob Falkenburg, grand marshals of the parade since its inception, led the celebratory procession.