Celebrating Independence Day with the WABA Parade

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The residents of the westside had been waiting for this moment for more than a year: Around 9 a.m. on June 26, the sights and sounds of marching bands, fire engines, laughter and little feet scurrying across the pavement to pick up thrown candy filled portions of West Broad Street during the Westland Area Business Association’s annual Independence Day Parade and Celebration. Canceled last year due to the pandemic, the parade was back in full force as more than 25 businesses, high schools, dance companies and public safety organizations brought smiles, sugar, and a little sense of normalcy back to the community. Showing their delight at the parade’s return, as well as their bag full of goodies, are (from left to right) Harper Farrell, Luca Green, Lucy Wonder, Nora Wonder, Hazel Farrell and Cooper Wonder.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit made an appearance at the WABA Parade.
The Westland High School marching band performs.
Jayceon Foy, 7, is full of focus as he zeroes in on a piece of candy. Foy and his cousin, Christian Harris, were often in competition with each other to pick up the most candy, but ultimately they decided to gift most of their goods to someone else.
Members of the Pleasant View Middle School cheerleading team, and the school’s panther mascot, pump up the crowd as they travel down West Broad Street.
Employees of the Angel Animal Hospital and their pets were among the 20 plus parade participants.
The Franklin Heights High School marching band plays on.

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