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  • Faces of the Fourth

    Ashland's annual Independence Day parade is a cross-section of America
  • Ashland's Fourth of July Parade stormed through downtown in classic American melting pot fashion, Thursday.
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  • Ashland's Fourth of July Parade stormed through downtown in classic American melting pot fashion, Thursday.
    Immigration reform advocates, evangelical sign-wavers, bicyclists, motor heads, candy throwers, organic-only growers, wood choppers and plenty of other show-stoppers wooed about 25,000 people on hand for the red-white-and-blue celebration, organizers estimated.
    To the disappointment of thousands of anxious parade-goers, the roaring Air Force jets that typically fly over town touching off the procession were no where to be found — their absence the result of one of the numerous budget cuts imposed this year by federal sequestration.
    A pair of refurbished 1942 Boeing-Stearman biplanes buzzed over town twice in their place, and the gallivanting began.
    "We absolutely love this parade, there is such diversity ... there always has been," said Nancy Holley, 64, of Ashland, perched on the corner of Liberty Street and Siskiyou Boulevard along the parade route.
    Holley remembers her first Ashland Fourth of July Parade, around 1989, "the Leaping Ladies of the Lord group was being followed by Parents for Lesbians and Gays," she said, delightedly.
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