The Ann Arbor Fourth of July 2013 parade was this morning. Some brief highlights, so I don't forget them; I'll include pictures if I have them. In approximate order of the parade route.
Lots of candy, lots of politicians, lots of kids on bikes.
The Star Wars marching band playing the Imperial March, and a bun-headed Leia. Darth Vader was driving the car that towed an R2D2 float.
Councilman Kunselman skateboarding down the street, the only politician who was on a skateboard. "Skateboarding is not a crime."
The French Dukes precision drill team.
French dukes pic.twitter.com/wyEMcEsedD— Edward Vielmetti (@vielmetti) July 4, 2013
Ring of Steel, a theatrical performance group
The Ann Arbor Ukelele Club, a Meetup group that marched and played ever so softly as they went down the street.
Bo Schembechler life-sized bobble-head
The D3 Fife and Drum Corps closing out the parade. (Photo: Ann Arbor Chronicle)
Lots more photos - most of the parade, indeed - from Ryan Stanton on Flickr.
By point of comparison, Ypsilanti's parade featured a Jeep-mounted machine gun pointed at the crowd ("terrifying"). (MarkMaynard.com)