July 4th 2015 Neighborhood Parade and Party

 

At some point, they even got a banner!  I was really impressed!
At some point, they even got a banner! I was really impressed!

About 15 years ago, some people in our neighborhood decided to coordinate a July 4th parade and block party .  The first year or so, someone had a vintage firetruck they brought and gave the kids rides on.  It was great!  That little  party has continued and gotten more organized and bigger.  The local fire station now comes and brings a real fire truck and ambulance for the kids to look at.  Classic car owners bring some of their treasures to share.  There are multiple booths for food, drinks, face painting and, for the last couple of years, pie baking.  One or more bands play and they even have an emcee!  It’s still great!  So proud of my little neighborhood and all the people that come together each year to either organize, work, clean, or just participate.  Truly a community, volunteer effort!  Love my neighborhood!

A lot of people and families showed up  and showed their patriotism!

Quite a turnout!
Quite a turnout!

Some dogs came all ready to celebrate the 4th too!

Love this little lady's tutu!
Love this little lady’s tutu!
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How about this pair’s matching bows?

A band played–they are high school students and really good! Good thing our local middle schools have great music programs!

Some pretty talented kids!
Some pretty talented kids!

This year, I was asked to be one of the judges in the pie contest!  Wow!  Dream come true for someone with a sweet tooth like mine!  I had a great time and was incredibly impressed by everyone’s efforts!  So much local talent!  But, after 14 pies (and I took small bites!), I’m so sugared out, it might be a few days before I can even think about eating anything with sugar in it!  It was worth it though! The pies were all great!!

Stars & Stripes Forever Cream Pie
Stars & Stripes Forever Cream Pie
Lemon Meringue cheesecake
Lemon Meringue cheesecake
Nutella S'mores Pie
Nutella S’mores Pie
Peach Blueberry Pie
Peach Blueberry Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Red, White, and Blueberry Cream Pie
Red, White, and Blueberry Cream Pie
Hazelnut Chocolate Pie with Salted Ganache
Hazelnut Chocolate Pie with Salted Ganache
Mango Key Lime Pie
Mango Key Lime Pie
Nutella S'mores Pie
Nutella S’mores Pie
Apple Crumb Pie.  The overall points winner.
Apple Crumb Pie. The overall points winner.
World Peace Lemon Tart
World Peace Lemon Tart
Plum Thyme Pie
Plum Thyme Pie
Chocolate-Pecan Caramel Pie
Chocolate-Pecan Caramel Pie
Fifteen tastes later...
Fourteen tastes later…
Winner of the pie contest,  Janet Kozusko.  She received a signed copy of Meringue, written by one of my fellow judges and resident of the neighborhood, Linda Jackson.  Janet said she'd been trying to replicate her mother's apple crumb pie for years.  Looks like she succeeded!
Winner of the pie contest, Janet Kozusko. She received a signed copy of Meringue, written by one of my fellow judges and resident of the neighborhood, Linda Jackson. Janet said she’d been trying to replicate her mother’s apple crumb pie for years. Looks like she succeeded!

Some of the cute little touches the organizers thought of….

Even the dogs have been taken care of!
Even the dogs have been taken care of!
Two little kids especially loved this.  They were parked there enjoying the cool water!
Two little kids especially loved this. They were parked there enjoying the cool water!

Vintage cars have always been a part of the party.  Maybe Jay Leno should stop by one year!

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Happy Fourth of July!

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