As promised, here’s the second July 4 post, this one about the annual Ypsilanti July 4 parade. We watched it with Andre, Stephanie, their kids, Gerry and Stacy (or is that Staci?) on Cross Street. A good time was had by one and all. There were the usual things:
(BTW, it seems to me that during the July 4 parade would be a good time to start a fire or, with all the police in the parade, a crime. Not that I would do that. I’m just saying.)
People in kilts….
Floats of the patriotic flavor….
(Oh, and Elvisfest will be in town this coming weekend, for those inclined).
Puppets in military vehicles…
You know, the usual.
But I have to say that the religious floats were a little strange this year. There are always these sorts of things in these sorts of parades (this is the kind of “free speech” the Republicans like!), but this year kind of takes the cake.
First off, there was this odd Noah’s Ark-themed float:
I don’t know about you, but when I think about July 4, I think of Noah. You know, Independence Day, etc.
Second, one of these church groups had the unfortunate theme of “I walk in Jesus name.” Now, for those of you who aren’t English geek-types, this should be “I walk in Jesus’ name–” that is, the “possessive s,” which, as any third grader can tell you, is indicated with an apostrophe. Unless you’re Albertson
‘s grocery store, but even then, it’ll be the subject of a protest. Anyway, to see that grammar error about 150 times in a row was a bit much for this English professor.
Third, and most weird, was this religious float that involved African-Americans doing mime, which had the unfortunate and I assume unintended effect of a sort of reverse black face minstrel show, and a large cross with an American flag theme. Here’s a few seconds of kind of bad video (from my camera) to give you an idea of what I’m talking about here (warning: 12.5 MB). I’m not sure my video does it justice, but it was jaw-dropping distrubing, if you ask me.