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Event Photography: Tucson’s 2012 July 4th Celebration

Well, Happy Birthday, USA. You’re looking pretty good for a 236-year-old.

I started my Independence Day too darn early. Woke up around 4:45 a.m. Pretty soon,  it was light enough to do things like harvest mesquite beans and turn the compost. Such is the life of a micro-scale urban farmer.

After breakfast, I rolled the bike out the door and went in search of July 4th fun and merriment. And I found it.

The source of my joy was the 49th annual Palo Verde Neighborhood Parade. I’ve blogged about this event before, so feel free to take a click-trip back to 2008 to get caught up on Martha’s relationship with this event.

Anyway, this year’s grand marshal was none other than Tucson’s mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, who’s shown here with one of his youngest constituents…

Event photography - Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild with baby at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade

Also up front was the Air Force Junior ROTC honor guard from nearby Catalina High School…

Event photography - Catalina High School Air Force Junior ROTC honor guard at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

Since this is one of the oldest continuous neighborhood events in Tucson, it attracts the media. And that means interviews…

Event photography - TV interview at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

Okay, time to get marching. This parade attracts everyone from kids being towed in wagons…

Event photography - Child towed in wagon at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

…to the Northway Avenue Grand Kazoo Band…

Event photography - Northway Avenue Grand Kazoo Band at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

After the parade ends, it’s time for awards and cake…

Event photography - 2nd Place Pet Award certificate at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

Event photography - Red, white, and blue cake at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

And now for something completely different, it’s the debut appearance of a guest photographer on this blog. First time in 316 blog posts.

But for Jim Hannley, I’ll make an exception. He’s taking a picture of me with one of my mentors in the photographic, design, writing, editing, and publishing realms. That would be Pamela Powers Hannley, who’s on the left…

Event photography - Pamela Powers Hannley and Martha Retallick at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona - photo by Jim Hannley

Turnabout is fair play, Jim. Here he is with his grandson, William, Mayor Rothschild, and a lady who’s been marching in the Palo Verde Neighborhood Parade since childhood…

Event photography - Mayor Rothschild with Jim Hannley and others at Palo Verde Neighborhood July 4th parade, Tucson, Arizona

Oh, yes, my bike also got decked out for the Fourth…

Event photography - Bicycle pack with flag to celebrate July 4th, Tucson, Arizona

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