CHATHAM – The scene was quintessentially American and particularly Chatham: thousands of people lining Main Street, many in red, white and blue garb, flags galore, clear blue skies and a light sea breeze. A perfect July 4 for a perfect Independence Day parade.
With more than 100 entrants and some 2,000 participants, ranging from kids in mini-cars to the town's oldest resident, the parade had something for everybody with its theme of “Chatham for the Holidays.” Organizers said the one hour and 45-minute procession went smoothly, with no incidents reported, and the crowd about average for a Chatham July 4 parade, about 25,000 spectators.
“It was just a gorgeous day,” said Independence Day parade committee chairman Brad Schiff. “It was one for the ages.”
Judges Ginny Nickerson, Don Aikman and Colleen Cronin awarded the overall best in parade trophy to the Bog Lane Farm float, which celebrated the cranberry with a tableau featuring a cranberry harvest, Thanksgiving dinner and folks dressed as cranberries with “Cape Codder” on one side and “Just Add Vodka” on the other.
The Phillips Farm Family won second place, and Chatham Pottery awarded third overall.
In other categories, winners were Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree for Best Youth Float; John Cassaboon for Most Patriotic; the Fitzgerald Family for Best Small Float; Cape Cod Beach Chair for Best Large Float; Best Civic, Friends of Monomoy; Funniest went to the Return of the Bridge Street Buccaneers (last year's overall winner); and the Best Family Float was awarded to the Magner Family.
Award recipients will be recognized at the July 11 board of selectmen's meeting.