The annual Children’s School Fourth of July Parade, held Friday, drew together generations to watch the youngest Chautauquans — resplendent in red, white and blue — march to the Colonnade and sing. The parade kicks off this weekend’s Independence Day festivities.
Throughout week one of Children’s School the 4th of July is the center of attention. Children learn about the traditions…
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At approximately 10 a.m. today on the steps of the Colonnade, Children’s School will engage in historic local and national traditions.
After parading from the Children’s School to Bestor Plaza — a tradition dating back more than 50 years — children will sing patriotic songs, including Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” Guthrie’s famous 1940 folk song originally spread and was popularized by children who learned it in school; when those children grew up, a nation knew and loved the song.
Music teacher Annie Palmquist prepares the children for their performance and will accompany them on the guitar this morning.
SLIDESHOW & VIDEO: Scenes from Friday morning’s Children’s School’s Independence Day Parade
Near the beginning of every Chautauqua summer, the sounds of children belting out patriotic tunes fill the air as the highly anticipated Children’s School Independence Day parade marches through the grounds. This year will be no exception.
Today at 10 a.m., the children of Children’s School, along with Group 1 and Group 2 from Boys’ and Girls’ Club, will leave the Children’s School building, march down Pratt Avenue, stop at the Colonnade to sing several songs and proceed to the Amphitheater for a bit more singing.