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Independence Day Parade Winds Through Old City Philadelphia

By Hadas Kuznits

 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite occasional rain, the annual Independence Day parade was held today in Old City.

There was an abundance of music, costumes, and American flags, a celebration of the many cultures that make up this city.

“All different groups showing different music and the different backgrounds,” said one man.  “Very nice.”

“It’s awesome!” said a woman.

“This is our first time in Philly for Fourth of July,” acknowledged another female spectator.

While some folks danced on the sidewalk, others told me this parade exceeded their expectations:

“The energy is great, and I love all the history, too.   Like, the founding fathers walked by!”

What did they like best about the parade?

“So far, I think, the float that just went by with the fly guys and band — that was pretty good.”

And there were special guests, too:  Mayor Nutter and Vice President Biden walked the parade route.

 

(VP Joe Biden, wearing cap with vice-presidential insignia, shakes hands and poses for photos with bystanders.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

(VP Joe Biden, wearing cap with vice-presidential insignia, shakes hands and poses for photos with bystanders. Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

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One man was pleased with the accessibility of Vice President Biden:

“Actually, he took a picture with my daughter, so I’m sending it out to everyone — you know, her grandmother and all the family!”

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