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Willin'
07-04-2016, 04:04 PM
Round Pond is a speck of a village, beautiful in all aspects and located on the quintessential 'Maine Harbor' populated by perhaps a 50/50 blend of pleasure boats/work boats. However, due to it's location on the West side of Muscongus Bay on the Pemaquid Peninsula, it is a bit off the beaten tourist track.

Each year, they have a Fourth of July Parade.

Not big news, virtually every town in Maine has one, and most are nicely filled with local high school bands, Shriners in go karts, antique cars and fire engines, all designed to not offend anyone.

Round Pond's is not that sort of parade. Every and any point of view may be presented on a float, in a group or simply as an individual carrying a banner. Virtually every current political or social situation may be supported or opposed here with no one's feathers getting ruffled and everyone being amused. Amazing, I know.

Here are a few of my favorites, but my camera didn't come close to catching the true essence of this classic first amendment event.

Make America Gronk Again!

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a625/hotrudderedbum1/DSCF3306_zpsjsd46v1x.jpg

The Donald made several appearances...here he seems to have flip/flopped...

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a625/hotrudderedbum1/DSCF3305_zpsulzfzo65.jpg

The non-LGBTQ community chimes in...

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a625/hotrudderedbum1/DSCF3307_zpsd9oxggk5.jpg

and the most photographed, admired, fondled and patriotic dog...

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13439033_10206745233097571_1847056343476344638_n.j pg?oh=baca9a55e8ea63e3252b9e6e4f4bad38&oe=57FCA4D2

It's small town, kitschy but not tacky, and on a beautiful, breezy, dry summer's day there's no better place in the world to be.

Got any reports from the rest of small town America?

CWSmith
07-04-2016, 04:15 PM
You still have that Scottish Blacksmith up in Round Pond?

Willin'
07-04-2016, 04:24 PM
You still have that Scottish Blacksmith up in Round Pond?

I'ma doan know, boss. I just go up for the parade, because our town's parade is rather, ahem, bland.

SMARTINSEN
07-04-2016, 08:11 PM
Love the porta potti....whatevah.

skuthorp
07-04-2016, 09:48 PM
Love the porta potti....whatevah.
Porta potti!! Surely Thunderbox is the correct term?