Posted on July 1, 2017
The first Saturday of July, small town Oriental, North Carolina begins its annual Croaker Festival with a parade down main street. This year, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC both marched in the parade and then, played for the town. (By the bye MCAS, Cherry Point – just happens to be my birth place many years ago).
This is just a small snippet from the parade of some of my favorite entries. This year I was totally enamored with the little trucks. I want one, they were fabulous. And … I also liked how the dragon, Oriental’s mascot, looked lovingly on to the America Flag — it is almost July 4th after all!
Songs from each military branch: “Anchors Away” for the U.S. Navy, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” for the U.S. Army, “The Wild Blue Yonder” for the U.S. Air Force, and “Semper-Paratus” for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Marine Corps Hymm, below. (Wouldn’t you know my phone rang right in the middle, so missed a bit and split in two).
The Marine’s Hymm (Halls of Montezuma)
The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from MCAS – Cherry Point, NC
Posted on January 20, 2014
In Oriental, it’s all about the water. And during the first weekend in July, Oriental celebrates its favorite saltwater fish, the croaker. The annual Croaker Festival is a weekend-long old-fashioned Independence Day celebration: regattas, pageants, bake-offs, street dancing, fireworks, and vendors selling lemonade, deep fried twinkles, funnel cakes and a variety of local foods. The whole weekend is sweet nostalgia; a lovely memory of days gone by. The highlight— the Saturday morning Croaker Festival parade. Highway 55, the only road into the town, is closed through the small village while crowds line the street waving American flags, riders on the floats toss out candy along the route, and you can still find Opie on his way to his favorite fishing hole.
From Maryland and sometimes North Carolina, where land and sea meet the sky.
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