July 4 – 129th Takoma Park Parade

March with us — and sing if you like — in the 129th Takoma Park Independence Day Parade!

All Revelers, all ages, both veteran and new, are invited to join our colorful and lively parade unit — let’s show a special summer side of Washington Revels to thousands of 4th of July spectators! If you prefer, come sit curbside and cheer with the festive crowd.

Once again making this Independence Day Parade particularly meaningful for Revels, we will be joined by a group of teenage Syrian refugees and their teenage American hosts, in partnership with RefAmerica. Let’s give our Syrian friends a warm welcome and a fun window onto a slice of American life!
Marching in parade

As always, our joyous and robust band of revelers — adults, teens, and children — will be a vibrant and distinctive section of this historic parade. We’ll dress in white (or as close as you can get) and Washington Revels will supply multi-colored sashes and arm ribbons. We will be accompanied by the Hobby Horse, “Snap the Dragon,” and a Smiling Sun, plus bright flags, banners, ribbon sticks and more! Kids are welcome (including kids in strollers), and older ones will have their own song to sing; children under 13 must be accompanied in the parade by a responsible adult. We’ll also need adult flyer-hander-outers, so non-singers are encouraged to participate! If you play an instrument that can be easily carried and you would like to be in the band, let us know that as well. To march with us, please send an email by July 2nd to parade@revelsdc.org with your name and the name(s) of anyone coming with you (plus the ages of anyone 13 and under), and we will email you the details (including a song sheet with words and links to the music).

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, 9am-noon (parade begins at 10am)
LOCATION: Takoma Park, Maryland
COST: Nothing!
EVENT WEB SITE: Takoma Park Parade site (select “Parade” then “When and Where to Watch the Parade”)

Check out our blog post on this year’s RefAmerica partnership!