Saturday, June 27, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Things To March For On July 4

by Peggy Robin

I love a parade -- so goes the old song, and this year on the Fourth of July there’s so much to celebrate: marriage equality, for one thing. Or for those adamantly against marriage equality, you can celebrate the linguistic extravagance of its most colorful (if vituperative) critic, Antonin Scalia. I invite you to form a contingent and march under the banner of “mummeries” and “judicial putsch” (or you can use this web link to generate your own Scalia-vocabulary to let fly and land where it will:

On the other hand, you may just want to come out on the Fourth to show a bit of civic pride, and if that’s your goal, you can take advantage of your invitation from Mayor Muriel Bowser to march with her in the annual Palisades Parade, now in its 49th year. Here are the details:

What: The 49th annual Palisades Fourth of July Parade
When: Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Meet Up/Line Up Time: 10:00 AM
Parade Starts: 11:00  AM
Where: Whitehaven Parkway/MacArthur Boulevard
Sign up here: 

If you would like to take a stand for DC Voting Rights (and what better day for that than the Fourth of July?), you should be able to join the contingent organized by DC Vote that has participated in the Palisades Parade for each of the past several years. I assume such a group is being organized to march this year, although when I hastily Googled the subject this evening to find the details, I must report I came up empty. If anyone can supply information on how to sign up to march for DC Vote in the Palisades parade, please post it to the Cleveland Park Listserv.

But if you want would prefer to march for the cause of peace and domestic tranquility, as well as the old-fashioned virtue of being considerate of your neighbors, coupled with the more contemporary cause of being kind to the environment, then I invite you to join the Palisades parade as a marcher in the anti-leafblower brigade, CALM (Citizens Against Leafblower Mania). I am passing along to you the invitation I received from one of the organizers, Denise Paolella, who notes that you will receive a free T-shirt if you sign up:

Attached is a photo of the CALM (Citizens Against Leafblower Mania) group lining up for the Palisades 4th of July Parade. It would be great if you and some of your Cleveland Park neighbors can join us this July 4th.  Please feel free to have anyone interested contact me by phone or e-mail.  I will provide the T-shirts for participants.


Denise Paolella
d.e.paolella @


Still Life With Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

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