chad m. weisman
Just before 10 a.m. today, the students of Children’s School will take their annual walk down Pratt from the school to Bestor Plaza.
Earlier this week, the kids spent much of their time making a variety of star-spangled regalia to wear on their march.
Colored balloons and decorated wagons will accompany the costumed students. They will be joined by the Thursday Morning Brass, which is scheduled to perform shortly after the parade.
A chorus of tender voices, led by music teacher Laura Giberson, will hail the anniversary of the American Revolution to the tune of such classics as “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Our Flag is Red,” and, of course, “The Children’s School Song.”
The 6- and 7-year-old campers from Boys’ and Girls’ Club will join in with their “Club Song.”
The Children’s School Fourth of July parade has taken place every year since its inception in 1975. It is a celebration of the youth, pride and patriotism that has breathed life into Chautauqua Institution throughout its most impassioned decades.
This year will be no exception.
In the past, up to 1,000 community members have attended the event, which marks the beginning of the season’s full swing.