Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fourth of July part 1 - The Parade

We spent the 4th of July in Belton, Texas again this year. We love Belton 4th of July - mainly because that is where our extended family is, but who doesn't love the Belton Parade?!?

Faith's first 4th of July started out early with her first parade!

Before the parade started there was a choir singing and Faith asked PopPop to dance. I can't tell you how much it warms my heart that this little one who just 7 months ago had no family, now has so much family to love and adore her. PopPop is one of her very favorites!

They also sang Happy Birthday to all of those in attendance who celebrate a birthday in July. Selah and Karli (our soon to be niece-in-law) both have July birthdays!

Mig preferred bubbles to singing and dancing.

The Belton 4th of July parade always has plenty of old cars, fire engines and tractors. This tractor is a staple for the parade - Dr.  Bill Long, who pulls many grandchildren behind him in wagons...each year his entry gets a little longer. 

Ana and Elsa made their debut in the parade this year. 

The Shriners always zip past on 4 wheelers and go carts. We have a special place in our heart for the Shriners this year. Though Texas Scottish Rites Hospital isn't a Shriner's Hospital it is founded by the free masons who are also affiliated with the Shriner's groups. It is because of these groups that so many children - including out little Faith - get quality treatment regardless of ability to pay. 

For the last couple of years there have been some great time period costumes.

This cutie kept getting in my I just had to take a shot of him, too. 

Selah was so happy to see her cousin, Jeremiah, and camped out on his lap for a good portion of the parade. 

For those of you not from central/southern Texas, HEB is a BIG grocery chain...when we moved from Temple, HEB was one of the things I missed most. Their GIANT grocery cart was a favorite of ours. 

As well as the Crapper Car....There are no words...

The final parade entry was Byron's favorite...

A motorcycle pulling a hearse....strangely cool, yet very morbid. 

Yes - when in Belton on the 4th of July, the parade is a can't miss event. 

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