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The patriotic parade kicked off the festivities.

On Saturday June 28th, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) hosted their annual Independence Day Celebration in the beautiful 75 degree sunshine. This celebration was kicked off by Uncle Sam on stilts leading the “Kids Parade.” With the help of NEMPAC and a few volunteers, patriotic songs played as they marched around the park celebrating America’s birthday. Free American flags were handed out to all participants, who covered just about every age category.

The parade was just the start, the signing of the National Anthem was followed by T-Bone the Pied Piper who had the kids dancing and singing. The day was filled with events for the whole family, including Mr. Balloon Wizard, the Tanglewood Marionettes, a Magician, a performance by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and lawn games such as the bean-bag toss, tic-tac-toe toss, and hula hoops complete the day’s activities.

Anxiously awaiting the start of the parade.
Anxiously awaiting the start of the parade.
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Uncle Sam joked with the kids “does anybody want a high five?”
All in attendance paused for a photo.
All in attendance paused for a photo.
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Celebrating the 4th of July in Christopher Columbus Park
Kids Run through the park waving the stars and stripes.
Kids Run through the park waving the stars and stripes.
There was no shortage of decorations.
There was no shortage of decorations.
Dancing and fun to T-Bone, the modern Pied Piper.
Dancing and fun to T-Bone, the modern Pied Piper.
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The Red White & Blue theme was carried out from all participants
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Entertainment was found everywhere

FOCCP would like to thank their sponsors for this event: Al Dente Restaurant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento’s Restaurant, the Chiofaro Company, CL Waterfront Properties LLC, Marriott Long Wharf, and Sunstone Hotel Investors.

Photos by Conor Finley

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  1. What a glorious day for all! It was fun for young and old. BIG shout-out to all the FOCCP members who worked so diligently to make this day happen. The Park will be chock-full of activities right through to Columbus Day, when we have another CELEBRATION! Check our web-site, Facebook and/or the bulletin boards (Tot-Lot & near the statue) Happy Summer, everyone!

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