Shullsburg Parade Marches On Despite Pouring Rain [VIDEO]
After a few festive days with friends visiting the Tri-States, I was momentarily tempted to skip the remainder of the July 4th celebrations.
However, the parade down historic Water Street in Shullsburg had an alluring pull. I've been overdue for a good old-fashioned smalltown Independence Day parade. Indeed, the charming southwestern Wisconsin town was prime to deliver a wholesome dose of Americana patriotism & hometown pride.
Shullsburg was founded in 1827 and is claimed to be the third oldest settlement in Wisconsin. Part of the Driftless Area, Shullsburg is known for its lead mining past and cheese making today.
The well-preserved Water Street Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes 34 contributing buildings.
The parade route was lined by hundreds of people displaying their patriotism and excitement.
The parade began with appreciative and respectful applause for local military veterans.
Everyone was enjoying the overcast and cool morning with the parade going by when the first rain drops began to fall. But few seemed deterred, although several did begin to take cover under umbrellas and business awnings.
When the raindrops began to fall faster and more frequently, I was sure the festivities would cease, but the Shullsburg Miner's Marching Band played on!
The High School marching band performed impressively despite the pouring rain. The crowd was appreciative and cheered them on down the parade route.
What's a parade without firetrucks? So this impressive classic 1936 red beauty arrived courtesy of the Cuba City, Wisconsin firefighters.
The vintage tractors rolled along too.
As did the classic cars.
Handfuls of candy were tossed, and the kids were ready to gather whatever they could as the parade slowly flowed by.
All in all, it was a fantastic July 4th parade despite the excessive raindrops. As for me, seeing the community undeterred by a bit of rain was fun and refreshing.
While many got wet, the Shullsburg parade went off without missing a beat!
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