Fourth of July photo diary - Mississippi
by MS01 Indie, Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 09:14:10 PM EDT
I'm not sure what the rules are for photo blogs. Someone holler at me if I've done something wrong. I'll take the diary down if asked.
I went to the July 4th celebration at the city park in a small town in northern MS today. There were 2,000-3,000 people there by my estimate. A very mixed crowd. Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Orientals, Philipinos, and probably more races and ethnic groups that I didn't see.
It was a big family event. Lots of kids, teenagers, and adults of all ages. I spoke to one older couple who said they were both in their 90's.
Everyone got along fine. There was a very visible police presence, but all they did was stand around directing traffic. There were no problems anywhere near me. The fact that there was an alcohol ban probably had as much to do with that as the police presence. Then again, the mood of the crowd was such that I doubt there would have been problems even if there had been no police present.
The mood was festive and everyone mingled and exchanged pleasantries. This is MS, but you would never know there was such a thing as racism if you judged by today's event. Today, we were all Americans without any hyphens.
The only mildly negative thing for me was seeing some people walking around with signs for Roger Wicker, the Republican candidate for Trent Lott's Senate seat. He is holding that seat now as an appointed replacement. We're hoping to get him out of office come November. There's a real chance Ronnie Musgrove, the Democratic candidate, can defeat him. I'll be working for Musgrove's campaign. Probably phone-banking.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I don't know how many this one is worth, but it sure sums up the event. Notice the shirt the man is wearing and the name of the school on the back of his chair.
There was plenty of clothing with flag themes. I noticed the guy wearing this shirt as he walked towards me. The man he is talking to was sitting in a few feet in front of me. I thought it might make a good picture, because of the shirt and hat.
There was a play area set up for the kids, in addition to the park's regular playground. They had one of those huge inflated rooms with the plastic balls in it. There were also a couple of big inflated slides and this rock-climbing tower. The line for the tower was pretty long. I was tempted to wait around until the guy in the blue and white plaid shirt attempted the climb. That might have made for a great photo opportunity.
And, of course, there were fireworks. Here are a few pictures for those who didn't make it to a fireworks display this year.