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Happy Fourth Of July America. And it was indeed...Especially for the Travis Community of Staten Island, NY which celebrated not only the 236th birthday of this Great Nation but the 100th Anniversary of the the TRAVIS JULY 4TH PARADE!! A PATRIOTIC HOLIDAY TRADITION IN S.I. MAKES HISTORY.

Janice Blanchard ( who has been chairwoman for the last 11 years ) led the parade as this years GRAND MARSHAL and was followed by 15 musical groups and entertainers including dancers and clowns. Fire companies from New Jersey and Bands from Philadelphia were also participating in one of the oldest Independence Day parades in the USA. The excitment was in the air as a century of patriotic spirit was felt everywhere. After the 1 mile march Mayor Bloomberg and local politicians settled into the hospitality of the nearby Oceanic Hook & Ladder Company No.1 (EST 1881) for some beer and food. Staten Island's most famous photog also had the pleasure breaking bread with the Mayor and will always remember how good it was to eat and drink after working so hard and capturing so many images.