Texas: Arlington on Independence Day

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Elvis Mini Wheelie Club
'Not sure exactly what I expected.

Well. That's not true. I totally expected the "American Heritage Girls", the Texas State Militia, and the Sons/Daughters of Confederates. Did I expect the slightly off color [to a yankee] announcers' jokes about the Civil War era bayonets and how Texas is "Open Carry"? Not quite. Nor did I really expect a troupe of Vietnamese bicyclists calling themselves the "Viet Riders", nor the Sikh community carrying posters outlining the tenets of their faith. The "Tex Annes" dance troupe? Sure. Unicyclists? Why not! 6 different area marching bands and associated alumni bands? Of course.

Being out of my usual environment for July 4th is always interesting. Different parts of the country express their pride for their country in different ways and participating in community events, such as Independence Day celebrations, is a quick way to get a feel for a community's outlook and beliefs.

[Edited to Add: It rained the morning of the parade, putting temperatures in the very enjoyable 70s.]

High School Marching Band
Miniature Horse and Buggies
Carrying a large flag
The Tex Annes
Fourth of July Festivities
Unicycle Club
Shiny Parade Float
Independence Day Fireworks Over Downtown Arlington
Independence Day Fireworks Over Downtown Arlington
Sno Cone Line!

I spent two weeks in Arlington for work, a town that simultaneously calls itself The American Dream City and is also the country's largest city without public transportation. Its university has recently been designated an "R1" university (i.e., top tier research institution), and so the town's identity is acclimating to being an intellectual hub...while also forcing the university to allow closed carry of firearms. It's an interesting place at an interesting time.

Downtown Arlington and Abram Street are really starting to pick up with trendy restaurants, murals, and little islands of landscaping. It's so very close to being a quite nice town. A grocery store walking distance from campus and a spot of public transportation to DFW airport and the Arlington Highlands shopping center would go a very looooong way. I mean, they've got a Torchy's Tacos, it's cruel and unusual punishment to not have any means of getting there.

Downtown Arlington Texas
Babe's Chicken Dinner Downtown Arlington Texas
Geometric Gate
Yellow Flower
Arlington: The American Dream City...with no public transit!!
Downtown Arlington Texas Lone Star American Dream City
Downtown Arlington Texas
Arlington's College Park
Flower Branch


rooth said...

You're brave for sitting out in the heat for the parade - I would NOT have done that. And yes, Texas shocks and awes, if anything at all

missris said...

See those girls in the cowgirl outfits, carrying pom-poms in the parade? I totally did that in high school, un-ironically (*hangs head in shame*).

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