Growing up on Long Island the parades went on for what seemed hours and were mostly Little League teams and school bands.
It was my first time at the The Argyle 4th of July parade. It ran 3 or 4 blocks and lasted about 45 minuets. There were tractors and old cars, horses, bands on floats and bagpipers on foot. There were fire trucks from 4 different towns and the people in the parade threw candy to the kids watching. We got there a half hour before it started and the street was already lined with families and their lawn chairs. We sat in the Presbyterian Ministers driveway on borrowed chairs and a man walked by commenting on the idea of a parade without a beer. Argyle is a dry town.
I guess it amazes me that with all the technology we have and all it can bring us, we still want to watch a parade and people still want to be in them.