Nation's Parade, 5th Ave, NYC, 2005
Nation's Parade for the 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII
(Photos/words © urban75, Fri 11th Nov 2005)
Nation's Parade photos (part two) - click here for part one.
We couldn't fathom out what this had to do with anything, but here's, 'Miss All Star United States Pageant, National All American Girl, Julia Anne Shallenberger,' whirring down Fifth Avenue.
Banging the drum.
Another weird advertising opportunity in the parade.
Old F.D.N.Y. fire truck..
Very Junior Guardian Angels line up on the parade.
Chartiers Valley Marching Band.
This is more like it - meet the Bangor Area High School 'Slater' Marching Band from Pennsylvania - with a Welsh flag (and what looks like a Celtic/Cornish flag too) - cool!
Look a Welsh dragon on a drum! I *like* this Bangor lot.
Research reveals that the town was settled about 1760 and first incorporated in 1875 and now has a population around 5,300.
According to Census 2000, there are 1,753,794 people of Welsh ethnicity living in the United States, with Pennsylvania having the second highest population, with 182,289 lovely, lovely Taffies.
More Welsh dragons! These guys *rock*!.
These dudes looked cool with their saxes, clarinets and cowboy hats.
Another Welsh connection!
These guys are from the Francis Lewis High School in Queens, New York, which was named after the Welsh born Lewis (1713-1803) who was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York.
According to the Welsh Society of Philadelphia, 16 of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence were of Welsh descent - making them the largest ethnic group.
Float of the Veteran's Peqace Council of Metro New York.'
'Honor the troops, bring them home now' can be seen written on the board held by the guy at the front.
Anti war protesters made up the back of the parade and they were warmly applauded along the route.
Iraq Veterans Against The War banner.
More anti-war marchers.
The very end of the parade.