Red, White and Blue in Cotuit

Cotuit's patriotic 4th of July parade
Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald and Cotuit's Brenda Nailor at the Cotuit 4th of July parade. Photo by Paul Rifkin.

This year, Cotuit's 4th of July parade opened with a moving rendition of "God Bless America", song by my granddaughter, 10-year-old Lainie Cederholm (see video below).

Several notable folks from Barnstable and Cotuit marched in the parade including Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald, Rich Boden, the director of the Cotuit Civic Association and Cotuit artist Jim Mayne.

The parade featured ball players from the Cotuit Kettleers, drummer, pipers and other musicians, dogs in colorful duds and lots of happy kids.

The parade, enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd on a gorgeous 4th, was sponsored by the Cotuit Civic Association.

See the slideshow below.  View the slideshow here at Flickr to read the captions (and if your browser is acting up).

(All photos by Paul Rifkin.)

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