2013 Fourth Of July Parade

This is the annual Fourth of July, Independence Day parade at Swifts Beach, Massachusetts that has taken place every year since 1931.

Prizes and decorations were donated by Kool Kone [http://www.koolkone.com/], Muriel Sene of Bayview Street (a new member this year), and Rosemary Pacheco.  Signage for the event was provided by Jack Pillsbury of Slip's Capeway Marine (in Raynham [http://www.slipscapewaymarine.com/]).

The Grand Marshall of the parade was Janet Davies, who replaced Betty Voss who ran the parade for many years

Judges were Louise Gravelle (I don't know her address), Roy and Maron Peck of Bayview Street, and Pippi Sawyer of Galavotti Avenue.

Diane Higgins supplied the lead convertible for the parade with Janet Davies as shotgun rider.


Janet Davies and Diane Higgins leading the parage

Ray Davies directing traffic, autombiles, trucks, and golf carts first.

Tony and Cara Petrucchi (owners of Swifts Beach Real Estate [http://swiftsbeachrealestate.com/] ) and family in the golf cart.

Smyrna, Belgian Sheepdog,  Groenendael  variety,

with great-grandmother Gayl.

The timber rattlesnake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake both populate the geographical areas of the original thirteen colonies. Their use as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England.

In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper.

When American colonies came to identify more with their own community and liberty than as vassals of the British empire, icons that were unique to the Americas became increasingly popular. The rattlesnake, like the bald eagle and American Indian, came to symbolize American ideals and society.[

As the American Revolution grew, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies. In 1774, Paul Revere added it to the title of his paper, the Massachusetts Spy, as a snake joined to fight a British dragon.  In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:

"I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"

[Quoted from Wikipedia]

1st Place - 6 and Under

Addison Darling, age 3, Girl; Sam Roy, age 4, Boy

1st Place 7 and Older

Destiny Ingersoll, age 7, Girl
Cody Camacho, age 7, Boy

The two group/adult winners were:

The Everett Avenue Group, and Tony and Cara Petrucchi (owners of Swifts Beach Real Estate) and family in the golf cart.

This is the end of the 2013 July fourth parade.  See you next year.  Don't forget to attend the Field Day at the end of the season featuring the ever popular egg toss, races and prizes for the winners.