Palisades parade celebrates Fourth of July

(Photo by Gregg Micklos)

The Palisades parade has it all: From the boy scouts and the bagpipes to the trombones.

It’s the 45th time the parade has celebrated Independence Day.

“I love the parade because it symbolizes the Fourth of July for me,” said D.C. council member Jack Evans, who was among the parade-watchers.

The Different Drummers shared the route with horsemen and Bolivian dancers who come every year in their ornate costumes.

This year, there was also a larger-than-life penguin representing Key Elementary School

Local politicians like Evans and Mary Cheh joined D.C. families along the parade route, celebrating our nation's history through the prism of one small but vibrant Northwest neighborhood.