Thursday, June 23, 2011

March for DC Statehood in the Palisades 4th of July Parade

Every year for the past 44 years the Palisades Citizens Association has put on a festive, patriotic, and entertaining Fourth of July parade. Supporters of DC Statehood are invited to join in the parade contingent organized by the American Civil Liberties Union (National Capital Area), DC Statehood - Yes We Can! and other statehood activists. You can march for hometown democracy and have the opportunity to meet friends from all over the city, and chat with the local politicians who unfailingly participate in this hometown event.

 The parade and picnic will take place, rain or shine, on Monday, July 4th. The parade starts at 12:00 noon at the corner of Whitehaven Pkwy NW and MacArthur Blvd. and ends at the Palisades Recreation Center on Sherier Place NW. The DC Statehood contingent will start lining up at 10:15am on Whitehaven Pkwy. Bring  a statehood sign (homemade signs are great!) and, if you want, wear an appropriate costume. There will be parade prizes, so be as creative as you can be.

Children -- walking, on bikes or in buggies -- are welcome, as are dogs on a leash. The people of the Palisades offer watering and sprinkle stations for thirsty dogs. There is even an official dog contingent in the Parade, the Battery Kemble Barkers.

There is a free picnic following the parade at the Palisades Recreation Center with hot dogs, juice, watermelon, moon bounces, pony rides and live music under a big tent. The Palisades Parade is a hometown D.C. celebration at its very best.

To let the organizers have an idea of how many will be marching in the Statehood contingent, please email Ann Loikow at dcstatehoodyeswecan @  The more the better to show our dedication to the cause of regaining the right to self-determination we lost 211 years ago (back when Thomas Jefferson was President!).

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