Crowds cheered Thursday for a military-style lawn chair drill team entry in the Independence Day parade in Annapolis, Maryland.
The nine-member team, dressed in patriotic-styled shorts, performed their routine with military precision, including twirling, dipping, folding and unfolding their lawn chairs while yelling out each move as the crowd responded enthusiastically.
The humorous parade entry represented a marked uptick in tenor from the event in 2018, when the parade was used to honor five Annapolis Capital Gazette employees killed in a June 2018 attack. (RELATED: Friday Marks 1 Year Since The Capital Gazette Shooting. A Memorial To The Lives Lost Is In The Works)
The City of Annapolis’ 2019 Independence Day parade saw approximately 40 entries. The parade began at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Boulevard, winding down West Street, around Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock.
Other entries included marching bands, fire engines, cars and vans, service clubs, and scouts.
“The Fourth of July is a favorite celebration for the City of Annapolis,” Mayor Gavin Buckley, a Democrat, told the Gazette.
After the parade, the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra performed at Susan Campbell Park before Annapolis’ fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m.
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