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Takoma Park celebrates July 4th

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The First Panamanian Marching Band participated as one of numerous musical groups in attendance.  PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVThe First Panamanian Marching Band participated as one of numerous musical groups at the Takoma Park Independence Day Parade. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  TAKOMA PARK — With temperatures approaching 90 degrees on a clear day, Takoma Park residents lined the city’s streets Wednesday to celebrate the nation’s independence.

“The July 4th Parade means a great deal to all of us in the city,” said Mayor Kate Stewart, who marched with her City Council colleagues near the front of the parade. “It’s a time when we all come together and celebrate what is really wonderful about our community.”

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Local Caps fans join the D.C. celebration

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Local Caps fans were among the thousands in downtown D.C. this week to celebrate the Stanley Cup.  PHOTO BY MIKE WILLIAMSLocal Caps fans were among the thousands in downtown D.C. this week to celebrate the Stanley Cup. PHOTO BY MIKE WILLIAMS  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A sea of red-and-white jerseys filled the streets of downtown D.C., with thousands gathering to celebrate the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Victory. Fans chanted “Let’s go Caps!” and “Champions!” while wearing hats, T-shirts, and towels emblazoned with the Capitals logo.

“Thank God for the Caps” read the cardboard sign made by Antonio Cabbagestalk, a born-and-raised native of Washington D.C., who said he has waited his entire life for a moment like this.

“I’m 51 years old, about to be 52 in August and I’ve been waiting for this all my life. I’ve been a Caps fan all my life,” Cabbagestalk said, and added that he had to get multiple napkins when the Caps won the championship games because of his tears of “joy.”

“Most definitely, most definitely, most definitely, this is the best dang thing to happen in D.C. in a long time, and we got more championships to come!” said Cabbagestalk.

Cabbagestalk also said the number of people in attendance made him felt great, and he is thrilled that they shared their time to support the District. “It feels good to know that out of everything that’s going on in D.C., we got people to come out here and actually support the sports fans,” he said. “I mean to come out here to the nation’s capital to support one of the best teams here; it feels great.”

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Rockville holds its annual Hometown Holidays parade for Memorial Day

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Calling himself “Mr. America,” Richard Montgomery High School junior Jabel Sallah, 17, loves attending the Rockville’s Hometown Holidays parade in his patriotic outfit “to make everyone happy.”  PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZCalling himself “Mr. America,” Richard Montgomery HS junior Jabel Sallah, 17, loves attending the Rockville’s Hometown Holidays parade in his patriotic outfit “to make everyone happy.” PHOTO BY ABBY CRUZ  Memorial Day in Rockville featured a parade filled with American flags, live music, veterans and remembrances of the fallen. Rockville Hometown Holidays included not only a Memorial Day Weekend music festival but also a chance for those attending to show appreciation for those who have served our country.

“I think everyone should be out here supporting, because not only are you supporting Rockville, you are supporting the troops and showing your appreciation for them serving this country,” said Desmonaye Brown, 23, Rockville native and staff member participating in the Hometown Holidays event. Although Brown said her duties included safety and security, she said she also wanted to celebrate her father.

“This day represents my father. He was honorably discharged in 1998, so I’m just out here to support him and support everyone else in my family who has served,” said Brown.

As the ceremony began, which included music by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Chorus, a traditional wreath-laying ceremony, and a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard, people sat along the sidewalks making way for the performers.

“The parade is a great free community event for families to come out and see the local community groups perform in the heart of Rockville Town Center,” said Amanda Knox, 30, the event specialist for Hometown Holidays. “Memorial Day is a great opportunity to thank and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and it’s great to see the community come together and support that,” said Knox.

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