Colorful and classic Fourth of July in Hinsdale

The sun shone brightly on Hinsdale and the groups that paraded down neighborhood streets and through the downtown celebrating Independence Day.

Politicians waved, bands played and veterans received appreciation for their service.

People lined the streets to see the hometown spectacle. Music from the Leyden and Hinsdale Central high school marching bands stirred the crowd, with the Hinsdale Central poms and football players joining their ranks.

The parade featured a variety of vehicles and outfits.

Members of the American Legion Post rode in an Army vehicle. The Medinah Car Club arrived in Porsches, Cadillacs and a Ford Mustang.

Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley Jr., state Sen. Kirk Dillard , R-24th, and their wives rode in classic Model-T era open-air cars.

The American Veterans Motorcycle Riders’ choice of transportation should be apparent.

As for colorful characters, “The Wizard of Oz” cast, including the Cowardly Lion, from the Stage Door production at the Community House sang and danced their way through the parade.

Girls in First Holy Communion dresses and flip flops marched with others from St. Isaac Jogues School.

Civil War re-enactors in hoop skirts and Union blue uniforms followed clowns with red, white and blue faces.

Little League teams were there to represent the all-American pastime.

The Hinsdale Masonic Lodge, Hinsdale Public Library and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital all participated, as did village presidents Mickey Straub of Burr Ridge and Gopal G. Lalmalani of Oak Brook.

When the parade dispersed, participants and spectators headed to Burlington Park where the fun continued with carnival games, live turtle races, food and a craft fair.

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