(2nd, 3rd, and) 4th of July Parade

This year marked the 88th year of Red Lodge’s annual parades that fall on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of July. The parade precedes the annual “Home of the Champions” Rodeo on the same three days.

American flags line the main street in Red Lodge through the week.

Each parade held throughout the three days has a unique theme that speaks to some aspect of the town of Red Lodge. This year, July 3rd’s parade was “agriculture” themed–featuring many horses and other agricultural aspects.

A horse carriage carrying veterans as part of the organization, “Operation Second Chance”.
Local boys featured in the parade on the back of an old truck. 

While definitely not the most flashy Independence day parade out there, this small town event is not lacking any character or heart. Residents line the street and the whole town essentially comes together in celebration of the town, its history, and its legacy.

An impressive young unicyclist captivates the local crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A line of alpacas have a spot in the celebrated parade.
Aftermath: shortly after the local fire department brings up the tail of the parade residents and visitors scatter–going about the rest of their days.