Day 7 - America's National Parade on July 4th and Fireworks
After getting up earlier for breakfast at the hotel we headed back to Washington DC to participate in the parade on the National Mall called America's National July 4th Parade. We arrived by bus at the marshalling location next to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We were already wearing our Class "A" shirts so all we had to do was unload the truck and the bus and get our flags and instruments ready to march. Then we wondered down to our line up location somewhere on Independence Avenue where we would start to march from. Emily Dick from WTWO TV Station in Terre Haute met us there and conducted video interviews of youth Crew members. The parade took us up to Constitution Avenue and down past the Washington Memorial plaza to the end point. After a hot and humid march, the Crew decided to eat lunch at Union Station and return to the hotel to relax, eat dinner, and watch the fireworks show. Most of us watched the fireworks show and the PBS Concert on the hotel dining lobby TV set while a few ventured out to one of the bridges near the hotel to watch fireworks.
Our new youth Drum Majors!
Unloading the truck behind the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
More cymbal instruciton!
Youth warm up their instruments
Karen warms up a Piccolo and Trumpet at the same time!
The cool laid back Sax section!
Setting up the American Flags for the Flag Corps
Ready to march in the parade!
Shirley passes out hats to the Flag Corps
Adair has her flute and her music
Emily Dick from WTWO is getting an interview
Low Brass discuss how to march
Mark meets with our DC Troop players
Woodwinds smile before the parade
Cadence review time for the percussion
Percussion lined up and practicing their cadence
Emily Dick interviews Mark
Waiting at the marshalling point on Independence Avenue
Mr. Bill marched with his French Horn too!
Full view of the marching Scout Band with drum majors
Full view of Scout Band marching down Constitution Avenue
Drum majors signal to play
Signal to play song number two!
Playing Yankee Doodle while marching!
Scout Band passes with Flag Corp following