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Annual Kailua parade celebrates America

By Noelle Fujii

LAST UPDATED: 04:40 p.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014

More than 200 marchers, 40 vehicles 40 floats, four bands and numerous politicians participated in an election year Kailua Fourth of July parade Friday morning.

As the eye could see along the mile-long stretch of Kainalu Drive between Omao Street and Kailua Intermediate School, families, mostly dressed in red, white and blue, waved American flags as the 68th annual Kailua Independence Day Parade passed by.

The theme of the event was "We Salute Kailua."

"I think it's great. It shows American spirit," said Sgt. Maj. Andrew Cece, 46, who marched with about 20 other members of Kapolei High School's Marine junior ROTC, military training program.

Families  cheered and yelled "thank you" when members of the U.S. armed forces walked by. The Coast Guard Auxillary, Korean War Veteran Association and Marine Corps. League Aloha Detatchment 363 were some of the groups that marched. 

Luis Alejandro Parker, 65, and Nalu Perez, 67, also walked in the parade with the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 858. Parker said he has marched in the parade every year since 2000, when the chapter was formed. 

"Now we feel really proud to be American," he said.

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awahana wrote:
This parade is pretty big and organized.
Can compete with ones in Waikiki.
Was hot. Got sunburned.
on July 4,2014 | 04:56PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
People say that Kapolei is The Second City. I say that Kailua/Kaneohe has been with us for generations before Kapolei was even conceived. So at the least Kapolei is The Third City. In terms of population, Kapolei will be second to Honolulu.
on July 4,2014 | 05:04PM
islandsun wrote:
Any parade that has our Mayor and Gov going by is not for me!
on July 4,2014 | 05:09PM
Skyler wrote:
Luckily, they were (practically) first, fast & out of there so we could enjoy the rest of the parade without hindrance.
on July 4,2014 | 09:52PM
kwensel wrote:
They should charge all the candidates a fee to be in the parade especially Neil at least then they can pay for the firework show and we will see a lot fewer commercials telling us what they wish to do for us.
on July 4,2014 | 06:40PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
Haven't been back since I watched the GLBT entry accost a 3 families verbally because they lowered their umbrellas in front of their kids. Nothing happened and the hatred by the GLBT group was firmly displayed.
on July 4,2014 | 09:05PM
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