The annual Independence Day Celebration at Triangle Park in Monroe Louisiana was one of the most charming things I’d seen in a long time. As a first timer to this event, I expected a small group of people from the neighborhood, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a large crowd of men, women, children and pets decked out in their patriotic finery. The day kicked off at 9:30 a.m. with speeches by local community leaders and the ringing of the Liberty Bell, but the main event was a parade of bicycles, tricycles, wagons, Barbie cars and strollers decorated in stars, stripes and sparkling spangles. A rush of red, white and blue kids, adults and dogs took off down the tree-lined street, making a circle of the park while greeting friends and neighbors. As the paraders began trickling back into the park, freshly sliced juicy watermelon slices, popsicles and snowballs were handed out to all. The smell of charcoal began to tickle the nose as people made their way home to their backyards and fired up their grills. What a treat it was to witness this vibrant embodiment of Americana right here in Northeast Louisiana! Stay tuned for a video about this event.
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