This Fourth, I went to a small town called Micanopy, about ten minutes south of Gainesville, for the annual parade and fish fry.
The parade commenced at 10:30 a.m. We sat under a blooming crapemyrtle in folding chairs, drank lemonade, and watched...
Wildlife Artist Float
One of many antique tractors in the parade...four of many blonde, red-white-and-blue-clad kids running around waving flags.
The 4-H float, with my friend Emily and her kids Will (blond boy at far left) and Kaity (on the other side, red bow) aboard. Emily is the proud descendant of Florida Crackers and grew up in an orange grove.
Antique John Deere.
Horseriders dressed as olde-timey Crackers. They made quite a loud popping sound with their whips.
All hail the All-American.
Outside the Micanopy Museum, a "homemade tractor" and some other ancient, lichened machine parts have sat so long, the trees have grown over and around them.
Dixie: The Episcopal Church of the Mediator.
Veranda of the Herlong Mansion, a historic inn.
And Independence Night...
Kim's basket o' wonders...
Our twenty-one-gun salute!