4th of July in Fitchburg 2011

Here are the pictures from the 4th of July in Fitchburg Mass. 2011

I’ll have the Youtube videos up as soon as I can.

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Update here are the youtubes, the first is from before the parade

Can’t have a parade without bagpipes

Seeing that almost every elected person in Fitchburg is a democrat I asked about the Harvard study that claims 4th of July parades are a waste of time for Democrats since they create and reinforce republicans.

I asked Mayor Wong, Rep Steve DiNatale, Councilwoman Rosemary Reynolds, and Mayoral Candidate Joe Solomito about the Harvard Study, they all thought very little of it. You might also notice that my arch enemy friend Chris (congrats to him and his wife) on his new daughter BTW of the secular humanists was marching in the parade as well and somehow I don’t expect him to suddenly be holding an “atheists for Palin” sign anytime soon.

One of the people I asked during the parade was a man named Buzz:

Somehow he has remained a democrat over the years, but to play it safe I found a democrat after the parade. I wondered if this prolonged exposure to the stars and stripes etc would convert Margaret.

Apparently not. I think that J.D. Mullane who did a similar things at his local parade nailed it:

It doesn’t take a PhD from Harvard to see that the study is a shot aimed at dividing Americans by political party over celebrating freedom.

The rub isn’t between Democrats and Republicans, or even between liberalism and conservatism. It’s Americanism v. pernicious progressivism.

but Buzz nailed it better.

Update 2: You might remember Margaret was complaining about the end of the parade and the bikers without their helmets. I guess she knew what she was talking about:

A New York man died Sunday while participating in a ride with 550 other motorcyclists to protest the state’s mandatory helmet law.

Police said Philip A. Contos, 55, hit his brakes and his motorcycle fishtailed. Contos was sent over the handlebars of his 1983 Harley Davidson and hit his head on the pavement.

Serious irony.