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Photo Gallery: Williston celebrates Independence Day with floats, town band, classic cars

Mia Forleo, 7 of Jericho, waves a flag from the passenger’s seat of a 1969 Buick LeSabre in Williston's Independence Day parade on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Williston celebrated Independence Day with a parade on Saturday, after last year’s parade was called off because of the pandemic. With Friday’s events cancelled or postponed because of inclement weather, parade-goers kept a close eye on the low gray skies as they lined Main Street. Chapin Kaynor and other members of the Williston Town Band, wearing matching white shirts and red bandanas, warmed up in the back of a wagon towed by an SUV.

Led by Boy Scout troop 692, the parade left Johnson Farm and proceeded down Route 2 towards the waiting crowds. Gina Laveroni and Karen Sturtevant sported fancy floral hats and held their dogs Stirling and Chia as they watched the procession of bunting-clad floats and vehicles glide by.  Kids scrambled for candy as it bounced along the asphalt at their feet.  Fire engines, classic cars and flag-bedecked golf carts all passed at a stately pace.  Near the rear of the parade, the synchronized antics of the Sue Pasco Memorial Williston Lawn Chair March and Drill Team filled the crowd with wonder. Intermittent sprinkles turned to a downpour just as the parade drew to a close.

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