Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal, 4th of July Parade - Austin, Texas

Grand Marshal, 4th of July Parade – Austin, Texas

I’m caught between the predicament of documenting tradition and doing something new. Traditions, perhaps by their definition, are near repeats of past events — they tend to remain the same. As a photographer and a blogger, you want to explore something different.

While the resumption of festivities after COVID and using my newish Fuji GFX 50R got me excited for last year’s parade, I opted to forgo the neighborhood 4th of July parade this year. Instead, I visited the park afterward to chat, grab food, and take snapshots.

The Fuji X100V is perfect for lightweight photography. The Grand Marshal’s conveyance, which, by tradition, follows the fire truck, was resting after its prescribed duty. While a Rolls-Royce is hardly American, it fits the bill for unique vehicles invited to partake. A more senior neighborhood fellow proudly waved like a politician riding the open top, though he gets more consideration since he wasn’t running for office.

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