Angora victims plan to ‘celebrate perseverance’
Residents of the area decimated by the Angora fire plan on keeping alive a Fourth of July tradition, despite the tragedy that ravaged their neighborhood.
“Let’s celebrate perseverance,” said Jay Newburgh, whose home on Pyramid Circle was not damaged.
The parade begins today at noon at the bus stop on the corner of Mt. Rainier Drive and Snow Mountain Drive.
The neighbors get together, kids decorate their bikes and dogs, and people carry flags, play patriotic music, and walk around the neighborhood.
“There’s lots of food, and the kids get all dressed up and put a boom-box in a wagon, and the adults join in,” said Paula Lambdin, who lost her home on Mt. Olympia Circle.
There’s no set route, and the parade usually runs until the kids get tired, according to Newburgh.
The tradition was started around 1995 by then-fifth grader Megan Meagher. Meagher decided to have a Fourth of July parade, and recruited her friends to put up fliers around the neighborhood. The kids then dressed up, decorated their bikes, and walked through the neighborhood playing music from a tape player in a wagon.