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Red, white and blue on parade in Cd'A

Thousands line Sherman to celebrate the Fourth of July

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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - They came out in droves. Thousands upon thousands, clogging the sidewalks of Sherman Avenue for blocks, sunscreen thick and tiny flags waving.

Some attended Coeur d'Alene's Fourth of July parade to give a solemn nod to those in uniform, others to cheer on friends in a slew of bands, cheerleading squads and nonprofits.

Some just craved a wave from Batman.

All worth the traffic, said Hayden couple Pam and Rob Hadacek.

"This is the best Fourth of July parade we've ever seen," Pam said.

"And we've seen 67 years worth of parades," said Rob, an Army veteran.

Rob respected how every branch of the armed forces was featured, he said, adding that the Fourth is when he appreciates "the sacrifices that have allowed us to do this."

And there's just a strong bond between onlookers and those marching in the city's parade, he said.

"It's the same feeling we got going to the rodeo last year. There was a prayer and two national anthems," he said. "The main thing is the patriotic theme."

Jon Larson of Coeur d'Alene said his family has flown in for years to catch the parade.

"We've gone from six of us kids to extended family of 25. We section off a large piece of concrete," Larson said as he lifted his toddler son. "We really like the armed forces (veterans). It's a good thing to teach our kids about."

Service men and women did get their fair shake in the parade, with former POWs and the Marine Corps League included in the long line of veterans. The Kootenai County Republicans had members pose to reenact the famous photo of soldiers hefting the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima.

Alex Besch, retired from the Army after 20 years and two tours in Iraq, said he was glad to see the recognition.

"That's a good thing, especially with today's society," the Post Falls man said, adding that citizens should "be proud of your country and give back to your country when you can."

There were still more highlights in the two-hour parade.

Spectators clapped and hooted for the Perfection Nots community band and the Blazen Divas. Folks craned for a peek of Timberlake and Coeur d'Alene high schools' cheerleaders vaulting through the air, and Inland Empire Gymnastics men flipping from the company van.

Actors from The Coeur d'Alene Resort's pirate cruise battled with swords in the street.

Denise Haskin of Coeur d'Alene said it was tough to sit on the sidelines after performing with the Blazen Divas for years.

"Just the healthiness of women being with women and bringing joy to my town, watching people laugh and get excited in the streets," Haskin explained. "(The parade) just brings out the wholesomeness of Coeur d'Alene."

Adults and children scurried to collect a fist bump from Batman as he rolled past in the Batmobile.

Lyn LaPlante confessed that's why she brought her 4-year-old grandson.

"He's got Batman shoes on and everything," the Coeur d'Alene woman said.

Most in the crowd planned to head to the chamber's fireworks display later that night, and clowns meandered through to continue collecting donations for the event.

Vicky-Jo Carey, who performed with Fossil Rock in a pre-parade show, said the city's Independence Day activities draw so many because there's strong local participation.

"It's still a hometown atmosphere," the Post Falls woman said.

Dancing in the streets was exhausting, she added, especially in Wednesday's muggy heat.

"All of the marching bands and groups, I give them credit," Carey said. "It's hard to do, but they get out there with smiles."

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27 comments:

  • local res posted at 11:19 pm on Sun, Jul 8, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    In Biker lingo when a woman rides on the back of a cycle she is commonly called the female dog word. That is why you dont see two guys riding together.

     
  • max power posted at 9:53 am on Sun, Jul 8, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Oh Happy Day ***

    Barney "My Boy Lollipop" Frank just got married. The wedding party dined on fruit wraps, fruit cups, fruit bars, fruit cake, fruit salad and washed it all down with fruit juice. A good time was had by all...

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:21 am on Sun, Jul 8, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Keep in mind, local, that the libs'll say ANYTHING to make a conservative look bad. NICE analogy on Barney Frank, though....and yes, Bloehm was on a motorcycle, proving to us that she's "just like us"...
    Vote her out.

     
  • local res posted at 10:22 pm on Sat, Jul 7, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    I am not sure I would call ole Cecil a great Governor and I definitely would not call Church a great Senator! Thats like saying Barney Frank is a great Senator.

     
  • local res posted at 10:14 pm on Sat, Jul 7, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    Was the Mayor really on the back of a motorcycle?

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 11:12 pm on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    I LOVE making you commies happy....with my "bigoted, racist, unhappy life"!
    (Yes I have been laughing out loud) & listening to you reds go:
    Mad, angry mad; condescending mad, goofy mad; and THEN you tell me I'M unhappy.....you guys are GREAT!

     
  • Humanist posted at 10:21 pm on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3038

    Quote JoeIdaho: "Blah, blah, blah, flame bait. Blah, blah, blah, flame bait"

    LOL.

     
  • SPUDIO posted at 10:11 pm on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    SPUDIO Posts: 101

    Nope joe you just don't get it and never will so have a nice bigoted,racist,unhappy life!

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 8:24 pm on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    humorist, you couldn't BE more wrong in about.....all of your ASSumptions.

    "My comment was not aggressive"
    CERTAINLY it was. "You wouldn't say that to my face" is a challenge, Mr Lost IN Space.

    "My comment was only trying to tell JoeIdaho that if he said the things that he said here to someone in a normal face-to-face, casual, public environment that the people he is directly insulting probably will not react the same way as in an anonymous online newspaper comment thread"
    DUH.
    You REALLY think so?
    See; here's the deal, I think liberals are idiots, across the board. I don't hang with them, I KNOW they are bad for society, and most everyone I know does, too. Dimcrats are in the same boat, PLEASE move back to Cali.
    As to not "speaking to people the way you do here"; get a clue. IF you said the things you say to me here, in person, we'd be fighting, probably. You don't know me, but I can ASSURE you that it wouldn't be pretty, probably for either, in the end.
    BUT; unlike you; "humorist", I never say: "you wouldn't say that to me in person", because it's juvenile.

    "But, then it occurs to me, that the reason that he does it here is that he would never have the cajones to say those things to someone in person"
    Actually, I have said a LOT more than that to people "in person". I've kicked people out of my house, been kicked out of other people's houses, but NEVER did they not comprehend what I was saying. Goofballs like you are the ones who lack the "cajones" as you say to speak out loud, I'm one of the ones that DO, and in your poitically correct world you'd somehow (weirdly) want to physically challenge me.
    Bad idea, doofus.

    "and most of what he says here is purely flame bait"

    To you & other commies, sure, flame bait. But TRUE flame bait. As I believe what I say, as many others do.

    "Now about the type of person who fit your description of: "your nature might come out in the setting where normal restraints don't affect you, as in other areas of normal social interaction"
    Or better said; "we don't think he'd BE so outlandish as to speak the TRUTH; that liberals are anti-American & will eventually tear America in half if we're allowed to do it, at least not in PUBLIC"
    Liek I said, if I see your boobama sticker, I'll walk by & tell you he's a moron. Been doing it since he was elected, just have more ammo now, as he has provenmy point in about a billion ways.


    "I think that we have already determined that people like JoeIdaho, max power, et. al. fit that description quite well"
    MaxPower is an American Hero, an ICON to Society, the Best of the Best.
    You; humorist, on the other hand are a wet rag of a socialist, always hoping to convince us that communism is a much better way of life; right up until you are FORCED to live under it.
    THEN, and only then, Max Power, and guys like me; we're GENIUSES because we saw it coming.


     
  • the floorist posted at 10:23 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    the floorist Posts: 331

    ...Oh yea Joe I like that line " I's so scared now ! What are you about 9 or 10 yrs. old...?" SPUDIO

    He's about as tall as a 9 or 10 yr old. He really is just as smarmy in real life too, but he would never in a million years talk chit to your face...

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:59 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3038

    Quote Inclined: "Your comment is interesting in it's deviant aggression. "

    My comment was not aggressive. My comment was only trying to tell JoeIdaho that if he said the things that he said here to someone in a normal face-to-face, casual, public environment that the people he is directly insulting probably will not react the same way as in an anonymous online newspaper comment thread.

    But, then it occurs to me, that the reason that he does it here is that he would never have the cajones to say those things to someone in person and most of what he says here is purely flame bait. Now about the type of person who fit your description of: "your nature might come out in the setting where normal restraints don't affect you, as in other areas of normal social interaction." I think that we have already determined that people like JoeIdaho, max power, et. al. fit that description quite well.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Fine words, inclined, like 'em.

    Humanist, are you discriminating against Mormons as a group? Nothing in Napoleon Dynamite said or inntimated that he was a Mormon, are you stereotyping him? That's too bad, feel sorry for your soul, as I may now call the Human Rights Institute & let them know about this....& I thought you Libs always said that I was the racist....

    And Spudsy:
    Thanks for the compliments, appreciated.
    Now, to your comments.
    Kootenai General is now KMC, or "Kootenai Medical Center". Has been that for over a decade.
    As to the switch from demtard to rep, there's GOOD reasons for it, although I wouldn't expect you to watch the news. MAYBE you'll understand it when we are a total communist nation, until then you'll just keep sayin how the dems are "for the poor people" & how the reps are "for the rich people" and hwo the rest "doesn't matter".

    On the scared part, evidently you don't get sarcasm either, as in a previous post, humanist said that he'd never see me "say that dems are morons" to his face. I responded as he hoped I would, quivering, quaking, all a quibble.
    OK, not really.

    Romney's a Hero, blobama's a jerk. Remember I said it first.

     
  • inclined posted at 2:10 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 682

    No. H. Your comment is interesting in it's deviant aggression. It does seem you get off on threat. I wonder if your nature might come out in the setting where normal restraints don't affect you, as in other
    areas of normal social interaction. You seem ordered, a bit of a scientist, methodical, and a bit sterile, but, it seems you could spreed like an airborne pathogen, set loose.

    S. I am aware of the slang meaning for wingnut, but the wing nut is an easily adjusted nut. It doesn't get tightened as tight as those with a wrench. The wrench is that tool that torques a certain nut real tight and sometimes, even cross threads it, thinking it is straight, but ruining the bolt, actually. A person, like a wing nut, when normal, that can adjust and learn and be rearranged, be rebuked and reproved, with ease of use and assembly, might be the wiser. Beneath almost every modern desk chair, a modified wing nut serves to control the tension on the chair, an altogether useful and necessary event.

    When it comes to political analysis S, I don't imagine too many would look to you as the right wrench or a most useful nut. Try your twist at running, get your ideas out there to be voted on. Let's see.

     
  • SPUDIO posted at 12:17 am on Fri, Jul 6, 2012.

    SPUDIO Posts: 101

    Joe you ignorant small minded fool! I myself don't believe you are from idaho. I was born here lived here all my life I bet you don't even know where Kootenai General was? There have been many great democratic leaders, of course Cecil Andrus but Frank Church comes to mind as his defeat by the apple juggling buffoon Steve Symms basically was the downfall of Idaho politics.Then the wingnuts started , Helen Chenowith, good old Phil Hart, our gov.Butch who has obviously fell off his horse and landed really hard on his head.But one of the first posts had it right you see a joeidyhoe post just skip over it, nothin to see there.Oh yea Joe I like that line " I's so scared now ! What are you about 9 or 10 yrs. old.

     
  • Humanist posted at 9:03 pm on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3038

    Quote JoeIdaho: "MORONS. Biggest on the planet. Doffiest looking, too, most look like Napoleon Dynamite. "

    That would be MORMONS, not morons, Joe Idaho. Napoleon Dynamite is a Mormon. :)

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 5:51 pm on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    humanista, I's so scared now.....we & everyone around us laughed out loud at the (OBVIOUS) little group of Calis that cheered for the 63 demorats....bet you were in that group, huh?
    I GUESS if you get 6 people to cheer loud enough, it drowns out the sound of the snickering coming from the people who have brains....

    And what exactly is "dtsinidaho", what; "department of transportation safety" or is it "determined to smurf in idaho"....another amazing story no doubt.

    And yes, huminista, Liberal Demorats are MORONS. Biggest on the planet. Doffiest looking, too, most look like Napoleon Dynamite.

     
  • JonnyQPubic posted at 2:57 pm on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    If you were sitting west of 3rd Street the parade lasted twice as long! The Chamber of Commerce runs the parade but set a great example by being the first parade entry that let a 2 block gap get in front of them. Good parades don't have gaps and this one had plenty of them. Next time let's keep it one parade not a dozen seperared by 1-3 block gaps. Other than that, typical grand 4th of july parade in CdA.

     
  • dtsinidaho posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 199

    If you want more pics of the parade. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjAqBix3

     
  • cal gal posted at 10:00 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    cal gal Posts: 18

    I see a couple of uglies and haters are trying to rain on yesterdays parade. Too late, the parade was wonderful and a great day for Coeur d'Alene.

     
  • dtsinidaho posted at 10:00 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    dtsinidaho Posts: 199

    Joeidaho is simply an idiot. Just jump over his posts, and just ignore his trolls emanating from his mommy's basement.

    He has NO class, no intelligence he just wants some form of recognition in his lonely pitiful and banal existence. He doesn't even try to listen, nor does he ever make a constructive suggestion. He is a waste of your time. Just don't respond to him.

     
  • Humanist posted at 9:44 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3038

    @max power: Nice bullying mentality that you and your buddy JoeIdaho have. And people wonder why we are often considered a nation divided.......

     
  • max power posted at 9:20 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    Internets and interwebs tough guy. Shouldn't you be in your pink snuggie cuddling up with your boyfriend and watching Glee?

     
  • Humanist posted at 8:42 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3038

    Quote JoeIdaho: "& Maybe next year the 63 demorats will decide to forego the parade so as not to have so many people tell them they're morons"

    We cheered the entire time the Democrats were going by. I invite you to come up and tell me to my face that I'm a moron next time you see me cheering for my party.

     
  • yourneighbor posted at 8:41 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    yourneighbor Posts: 242

    Thinking JoeIdaho should change his name to JOEIDIOT. Why must politics be brought into this??

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:08 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    & Maybe next year the 63 demorats will decide to forego the parade so as not to have so many people tell them they're morons. "Kootenai Demoratic Party" might as well be Lepers.

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:09 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    Voxpop, Your comments only show your miserable ignorance.

     
  • voxpop posted at 4:41 am on Thu, Jul 5, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Well, darn it anyway. Shoulda passed the hat among all those "thousands, upon thousands" to help pay for the new McEuen. Maybe then LCDC wouldn't have to fork over so much of THEIR money.

     
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