Rain? What rain?

Dunwoody parade fans didn’t let the threat of some wet stuff spoil their Fourth of July celebration.

The crowds appeared smaller than in past years, but the Dunwoody Homeowners Association’s annual parade went off without any problems July 4, parade co-chairwoman Pam Tallmadge said. The threat of thunderstorms forced other metro Atlanta municipalities to reschedule their Independence Day celebrations.

“It does not rain on our parade,” DHA president Stacey Harris said.

Kayla Catapano and her daughter Carrie, 8 months, await the start of the Dunwoody Fourth of July parade.

By 9 a.m., members of the crowd — some dressed head-to-toe in red, white and blue — had taken seats in folding chairs, pitched sun tents and otherwise settled in along Mount Vernon Road or Dunwoody Village Parkway in to watch as their neighbors paraded past.

“It’s fun,” said Bill Roe, a former parade marshal who turned out to watch. Roe greeted people he knew in the parade. “Everybody participates,” he said. “It’s truly a neighborhood function.”

The parade featured everything from marching bands to cheerleaders, from politicians to –yes, it’s true – pirates. It attracted all sorts of vehicles: ambulances, fire trucks, military trucks, a VW bus full of folks decked out as hippies, even a car decorated as a mouse followed by a car decorated as a cat followed by one decorated as a bird, complete with wings.

Members of the Dunwoody High School football team carry an American flag during the July 4 parade in Dunwoody.

“This is awesome,” Dan Jakubowski said as he and sons, Daniel, 10, and Nathan, 6, watched their first Dunwoody parade pass. “It’s so big.”

Dianne Allen said she has been watching Dunwoody’s parade for 19 years. When she first came to see it, she said, her daughter was a baby. This year, her daughter marched in the parade. “It gets everybody out,” Allen said. “It reminds me of when I was a kid. It brings out the kid in all of us.”

Bill Stockell, a veteran of the Vietnam War, offers a piece of candy to Hanne Olsen, age 2, durijng the Dunwoody Fourth of July parade.

Just down the street, Diane Thomas said she lives in Dacula, but comes to watch Dunwoody’s parade every year. “I love the parade and all the activities they have afterwards,” she said. “I feel very patriotic in coming.”

The parade ended in the Dunwoody Village parking lot, where people greeted their neighbors and the 116th Army Band from Marietta performed beneath a large tent. After a while, a light, steady rain began to fall.

Beth McCool, front, son Kevin Corriher, age 6, and husband Hank Corriher await the start of Dunwoody’s annual July 4 parade. .
Tachi Hahn takes photos of her children, Alyssa, 3, and Zach, 1, as dad Seun Hahn looks on. They were awaiting the Dunwoody Fourth of July parade.
Bill Roe watches Dunwoody’s Fourth of July parade.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.