Indian Lake: Happy birthday, America

George Virgil atop his entry for Best Dressed Tractor in the Indian Lake parade

George Virgil atop his entry for Best Dressed Tractor in the Indian Lake parade Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— Interspersed among the organizations were floats by a number of town businesses. Pines Country Store rolled a display paying homage to kayaking, while Gadway Realty and the Adirondack Rafting Company pooled resources to celebrate whitewater rafting.

The streets were peppered with spectators in creative and entertaining outfits celebrating their patriotic feelings while dressed in the good old red, white and blue. In addition, the parade was host to a number of very entertaining elements.

There were entries for Best Dressed Tractor by George Virgil and Ernie Pollman, both sporting celebratory, patriotic decoration and messaging, while a group carrying a banner defining themselves as the “Global Warming Bi-Polar Bear Club Meltdown” cavorted around the street in costumes making merry and trying to lighten the load we all feel over this issue in a fun way.

The parade went down to Byron Park and the crowd followed, lining the edge of Adirondack Lake to enjoy the beauty of the setting sun, to watch the kayaks and canoes drift across surface, in and out of the shadows of the evergreens.

As the crowd grew and the sun slowly set, kids played with glow sticks and ate strawberry shortcake. Adults bought raffle tickets to support various community organizations, socialized with their neighbors and enjoyed the fantastic music of the Adirondack Acoustics Band.

From the bandstand, the parade winners were announced. The Civil War re-enactors were awarded the Best in Parade, while George Virgil and Ernie Pollman took first and second places, respectively, in the Best Dressed Tractor theme.

Also from the bandstand, the crowd was led in singing “Happy Birthday” to Tim Pines, of Pines Country Store, and shortly thereafter, asked to stand and join in singing the National Anthem.

Then the fireworks began.

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