Dunwoody’s annual celebration of America’s birthday looks like something Norman Rockwell would’ve painted.
The two-mile parade route along Mount Vernon Road was a landscape of bright reds, solid blues, booming patriotic music, sincere faces and smiling children.
The parade’s organizers claim it is the largest in the state, drawing 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators last year. That’s a hard claim to dispute, but even if you could find one that compares, it would be hard to match the city’s earnestness and spirit.
American values were as much on display as the barbecue and brochures at the tents at the end of the parade route.
Amid division, there was unity.
The Dunwoody City Council, currently at odds over alleged ethics violations, put their differences aside and rode together in a small golf cart, each flashing a wide grin.
On a route lined with the city’s busiest retail businesses, a group of young men practiced the American virtues of entrepreneurship and charity.
Matthew Coody, his brother Chandler and his friend Will Gillett served up snow cones and cotton candy. They were fattening their wallets, but also planned set aside 20 percent of the proceeds for a worthy cause.
They hadn’t yet made up their minds, but were leaning toward giving money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“Village Burger is donating the space to us,” Gillett said. “They said we should donate to charity.”
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Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com
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