Happy Birthday America! Parades are small town America at its best. Madison, Indiana goes all out for their Fourth of July Parade. There were many veterans groups – who always make me tear up in gratitude for what they have done for our country and also because they remind me of my dad. This parade included a lot of Shiners’ groups riding miniature cars or motorcycles or trucks. Of course there were twirlers and cheerleaders and churches with floats. There was one racing boat from the regatta, a few bands, tractors, politicians, horse-drawn buggies and more. The parade lasted about two hours and everyone seemed to have a good time.