Marin residents show they love a parade on the Fourth

Full story: Marin Independent Journal

Marin residents celebrating the Fourth of July demonstrated that parades, one of the most basic and oldest means of human amusement, remain popular in this jaded, digital age.

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Jul 4, 2010
 
The Novato 4th of July parade was wonderful as usual.
Foster Brooks

San Jose, CA

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Jul 4, 2010
 
Nothing better than seeing the Pearl Harbor survivors and other vets. They are such a good reminder about why we celebrate our freedom on this day.
dove_rosey

San Jose, CA

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#4
Jul 5, 2010
 
"People booed the homosexuals from San Francisco."
Tell me where you sit so I don't ever end up there!
Where I was everyone cheered like CRAZY! That guy really threw the heck out of that baton! WOW - HE WAS AMAZING!
I know it takes all kind to make up America but Jackie, I hope there are fewer and fewer of you.
Bob simply Bob

Novato, CA

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#5
Jul 5, 2010
 
Novato - great show as always, but next year return to 10:00. 11:00 makes no sense and cuts into people's afternoon plans.

Since: Jan 10

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Jul 5, 2010
 
i so miss the novato parade,when i read the teaser i wondered about Nave patrola,but saw the pic. hurray for thoes old guys.
US Constitution Day

Mill Valley, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Thank you Marin IJ and all Democrats for turning July 4th into a freak show, a clown show. Isn't it wonderful.

And as usual, no historical article of appreciation about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers is mentioned in the entire newspaper.
Snark Attack

Hyattsville, MD

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Jul 5, 2010
 
US Constitution Day wrote:
Thank you Marin IJ and all Democrats for turning July 4th into a freak show, a clown show. Isn't it wonderful.
And as usual, no historical article of appreciation about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers is mentioned in the entire newspaper.
It might be time for you to freshen up on U.S. history. Constitution day is on September 17th and few people celebrate it. The Fourth of July is about the Declaration of Independence. "Taxation without representation" or something like that. I don't believe that freaks or clowns are exempt from paying tax so isn't it appropriate that they are represnted on a day like this? Besides the constitution has that pesky Socialist/Communist part about all men being created equal. The way I understand it that includes freaks and clowns.

I suppose that you favor a more fascist approach and censorship in your Independence Day celebrations? Try not to let your hate make you un-American.
Jane

Pacifica, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
US Constitution Day wrote:
Thank you Marin IJ and all Democrats for turning July 4th into a freak show, a clown show. Isn't it wonderful.
And as usual, no historical article of appreciation about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers is mentioned in the entire newspaper.
This is a celebration of freedom, not a Repukian/Tea Bagger ruin everyone else's good time momment. So either you had fun with the parade or you've decided to enter the parade next year to promote your historical appreciation of the constitution. No matter, everyone including Dems were given the same freedom like yourself to participate in a wonderful celebration.
WAT

San Rafael, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
US Constitution Day wrote:
Thank you Marin IJ and all Democrats for turning July 4th into a freak show, a clown show. Isn't it wonderful.
And as usual, no historical article of appreciation about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers is mentioned in the entire newspaper.
Yeah, that Nave Patrola is shameful, huh.
Liberals Holloween Day

Mill Valley, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Liberals always mix-up July 4th with Holloween.

At least the people of Bolinas are consistent: every day is Holloween, and they always look the part.
jack mehoff

San Rafael, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
it's amazing to me that people like jackie, and howard can be be so closed minded on the day we celebrate our declaration of "LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" not to mention ".. that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..."
wake up cretins. the cheer sf contingent, and the gay marching band came to your community to celebrate the fourth of july. how many other gay people were participating in or watching the parade that went unnoticed to you?
how many people in your daily life are gay and you don't even know it. do you have any gay relatives? do you scorn them as you do the happy individuals who gave of their time and talent to make your parade a better event?
so they are gay...so what!! they're not sleeping with you. they don't in any way have any effect on your personal life. they're not out proselytizing that their way is better.
all they want is to be accepted....or left to live their lives as you live yours.
with the freedom our forefathers fought so hard to obtain.
would the authors and signers of the declaration of independence be proud of their work knowing that in this modern day, people are still being persecuted for living their lives as they choose?
when is the hatred going to end.
btw howard. you don't have to be gay to get aids. ever hear of a bad transfusion. consider karma before you spout hatred
WAT

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Liberals Holloween Day wrote:
Liberals always mix-up July 4th with Holloween.
At least the people of Bolinas are consistent: every day is Holloween, and they always look the part.
Yeah, did you see the clowns in the old military vehicles? Glory days I guess, compared to being garbage men today.
Great Women

Mill Valley, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Thankfully today we have patriotic women like Rosie O'Donell and Elen Degenerate to make us proud.
THE GODS OF WAR

Novato, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Somehow, the focus has shifted. The 4th of July has turned into a celebration of America's military power, instead of a well-deserved expression reverence of the Declaration of Independance.

The parades have become processions of tanks, cannons, jeeps, WWII, Korean and Vietnam War vets marching in their uniforms. The glory of "the fight" seems to be the central theme, rather than a more appropriate acknowledgement of the genius of our brilliant, historical document.

Their are martial arts clubs, ROTC groups, VFW elders in open-air limos, etc. etc.

All of these folks and items have a valuable place in our history, but these parades have turned into a glorification of war and past conflicts. They no longer address the original, true reason the 4th of July is important.

Some may call me "un-American" or accuse me of not loving my country. Other may say I'm not "patriotic." These accusation, if made, will simply be not true.

Read the Declaration of Independance, then go read the newspaper reports about Afghanistan and Iraq.

Which among them has made us a greater, more successful, intelligent nation?
Snark Attack

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Liberals Holloween Day wrote:
Liberals always mix-up July 4th with Holloween.
At least the people of Bolinas are consistent: every day is Holloween, and they always look the part.
Are you accusing the guy dressed up as Uncle Sam of being a Liberal? That was the only person that I saw in a costume yesterday.
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Jul 5, 2010
 
THE GODS OF WAR wrote:
Somehow, the focus has shifted. The 4th of July has turned into a celebration of America's military power, instead of a well-deserved expression reverence of the Declaration of Independance.
The parades have become processions of tanks, cannons, jeeps, WWII, Korean and Vietnam War vets marching in their uniforms. The glory of "the fight" seems to be the central theme, rather than a more appropriate acknowledgement of the genius of our brilliant, historical document.
Their are martial arts clubs, ROTC groups, VFW elders in open-air limos, etc. etc.
All of these folks and items have a valuable place in our history, but these parades have turned into a glorification of war and past conflicts. They no longer address the original, true reason the 4th of July is important.
Some may call me "un-American" or accuse me of not loving my country. Other may say I'm not "patriotic." These accusation, if made, will simply be not true.
Read the Declaration of Independance, then go read the newspaper reports about Afghanistan and Iraq.
Which among them has made us a greater, more successful, intelligent nation?
I hear what you are saying but I think that you are missing the point that the 4th of July is a celebration of the U.S. and it's history. Like it or not Military conflict is a huge part of that. Veterans day is not a holiday for most of us so including our veterans in the 4th of July celebrations is entirely appropriate. These veterans did not fight because of the politics of these conflicts they faught because they were willing to give there lives for our country. By saying that they are not welcome you are just as bad as the homophobic people posting here.
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Novato, CA

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#19
Jul 5, 2010
 
It took both the armchair intellectuals and the blood ofthe US military to sustain the Declaration of Independance and the enable the celebration of 4th of July. Without either you'd be bowing to a royal or a foreign despot. Olive drab and khaki are as relevant as the red white and blue.
Government Computer

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Snark Attack wrote:
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Are you accusing the guy dressed up as Uncle Sam of being a Liberal? That was the only person that I saw in a costume yesterday.
Yes, it is 2010 and Uncle Sam is a liberal. Which branch of the government do you work for ?-- since your postings are coming from a government computer.
Snark Attack

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Government Computer wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, it is 2010 and Uncle Sam is a liberal. Which branch of the government do you work for ?-- since your postings are coming from a government computer.
I am not a government employee, I work for a privately held company. I am not sure why the ISP says United States. It used to list the city that I work in but it changed a few months ago.
THE GODS OF WAR

Novato, CA

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Jul 5, 2010
 
Snark Attack wrote:
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I hear what you are saying but I think that you are missing the point that the 4th of July is a celebration of the U.S. and it's history. Like it or not Military conflict is a huge part of that. Veterans day is not a holiday for most of us so including our veterans in the 4th of July celebrations is entirely appropriate. These veterans did not fight because of the politics of these conflicts they faught because they were willing to give there lives for our country. By saying that they are not welcome you are just as bad as the homophobic people posting here.
If you think I meant to say that the vets were not welcome you are mistaken. Our veterans do not receive enough of ANYTHING they might want or need in this country, let alone being welcome to march in a parade.

I am, however, trying to distinguish between two things: the military - and war. They are inexorably connected, of course, but we appear (to me, and to others with whom I have spoken) to have shifted our focus from honoring our noble vets to glorifying the history of our wars. They are two distinct and seperate realities. The parades have almost taken on the the appearance of being military equipment history museums.

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4th, was about many issues, but the main issue was how the people in this land needed to escape out from under the King of Great Britain and his oppressive rules, and become an independant state.

Each 4th, I read the Declaration. I am immensely grateful to live in the country that created it, and honored by those who defended it. But I am not fully at ease with the shift towards glorifying war.

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