Madison Regatta Parade (Celebrate Freedom Too)

When: The 2012 Regatta / Independence Day Parade will be on Friday, July 6th at 6:15 PM. Click here to read our guide for 1st time guests.

“I love a parade, the tramping of feet,
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.
That rat-a tat-tat, the blare of a horn.
That rat-a tat-tat, a bright uniform;
The sight of a drill will give me a thrill,
I thrill at the skill of everything military.
I love a parade, a handful of vets,
A line of cadets or any brigade,
For I love a parade.”

Starting at 6:15 PM and running from east to west along Main Street in downtown Madison is the annual Regatta parade, the theme for which this year is “Music”! With this parade we not only celebrate the start of yet another exciting hydroplane racing competition but also the Independence Day (4th of July) holiday.

There will be floats and boats aplenty,as well as area church groups,marching bands, the Ohio Valley Celtic Society, various Shriner organizations and gymnasts and much more. While all of this alone may be enough for many of us to attend the parade I want to point out what I see as the most important persons in the lineup, those individuals who are serving our country now and those who have served her in the past. Our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, National Guard and Reservists that fight and have fought to secure, for we assembled masses along our town’s Main Street tonight, the blessings of Liberty and Freedom.

On the eve of our nation’s 235th birthday when we are at war in two countries and involved in conflicts in two others; why shouldn’t we show those who work to protect us and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, how much they are appreciated by standing and cheering them as they pass by? Perhaps we can even doff our caps in a display of appreciation for the risks they take, or have taken, so that the rest of us may stay safe here at home?

I, for one, will do these things. I will encourage my children to do them as well because our freedom isn’t really free; it has been bought and paid for time and again by the scarifice of those who fight to ensure it.

I love a parade and I hope that you do as well but, I also hope that you love our country and those who serve in her armed services as well! Hope to see you there! I’ll be the guy standing as our men and women in uniform parade by.

About Walter Long

Walter is a native Hoosier and has been to have lived in the Madison area for the last 12 years. He’s an avid reader. He’s married with two kids, one cat, one dog, and far too many rabbits. whlong@madisonindiana.us