Idlewild celebrates Independence Day

LAKE COUNTY— The Fourth of July holiday got off to a rousing start last Saturday as the community of Idlewild held its annual Independence Day parade. Although early overcast skies had event organizers nervous at first, by noon the clouds had parted and the weather was perfect for the festivities.

Patriotic spirit was clearly in evidence all over the area, with residents flying flags and displaying balloons, and the assembled crowd which lined the parade route enthusiastically cheered throughout the event.

Master of Ceremonies Jess Brown did a fine job of introducing all the local celebrities, who included Grand Marshall Sam Rogers, Citizen of the Year Pastor Winston Welch, and Parade Chairperson Esther Ward.

Also on hand was the excellent Detroit International Community Band, which provided some spirited marches and got the audience cheering. Equally impressive was the contribution of the Yates Township Fire Department and the police, who brought more than a dozen vehicles. With sirens blaring and horns sounding, they tossed candy to the Idlewild kids. And of course no parade would be complete without the beautiful horses who trotted down Baldwin Road to Idlewild Lake.

The festive occasion ended with free hot-dogs, donated by Boogie Down of Idlewild. Everyone seemed to have a splendid time.

Idlewild has a special reason to feel proud, as they are gearing up for their centennial of 2012. Already plans are under way to make next year a wonderful celebration of the history of this unique American community.