Celebrating Independence Day with the WABA Parade

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
On the morning of June 24, hundreds of area residents lined up along West Broad Street to experience the Westland Area Business Association’s annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration as it traveled down the main thoroughfare. For close to an hour, those in attendance were treated to the sounds of high school marching bands, the talent of cheer companies as they demonstrated some of their routines, and all of the free candy that they could handle courtesy of the dozens of businesses and civic associations that participated in the beloved tradition on the city’s westside. Showing his genuine delight at all of the free sweets that were being thrown from the slow moving vehicles is 4-year-old Colton Pettis. The westside resident was making his first appearance at the parade and seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed his experience.
Angel Animal Hospital employees, supporters, and canine companions made an appearance.
The Franklin Heights High School Marching Band also performed.
Members of the Georgian Heights Packers football team are full of concentration as they pass out candy to the revelers.
Prairie Township firefighters and their families rode in the parade.
Members of the Westland High School Cheerleading team encourage the crowd to get rowdier.
The Westland High School Marching Band performed for an appreciative audience.
Cheryl Shook and her granddaughter, Ellie Shook, wave their American flags as the parade marches down West Broad Street.
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