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A Lake Placid Fourth of July

Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State hosts a classic small-town-America Fourth of July parade.  Walking down Main Street in the center of this storied town (Lake Placid hosted two Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980), were marching bands, Uncle Sam, fire trucks, muscle cars and lots of flags.

The late afternoon light bouncing of the store windows made for dramatic lighting on the marchers, as if I had a flash (I didn’t). The clarinetist in the front row game me a hard once-over as she marched by.

 

Uncle Sam graciously stopped to pose for me when I asked. He’s hipper than most other Sams I’ve seen.

 

At the end of the parade this fellow came putt-putting by in a Ford Model A.  He looks like he could play Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath.