Brentwood Darlington salutes the Fourth of July by joining Southeast's parade of Parades!

COURTESY OF CHELSEA POWERS  - This years Brentwood-Darlington Independence Day unofficial parade proceeded on foot along S.E. Ogden Street. The organizers didn't claim it as the largest or most involved local celebration to mark the patriotic holiday, but the Brentwood-Darlington Independence Day Celebration was thoroughly entertaining for some 100 participants.

It began with a brief walk – it was not an official "parade" – from the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center eastward a couple of blocks along S.E. Ogden Street, and then back. The stroll featured an antique electric car, and kids on decorated bikes, wagons, and scooters.

"It's so much fun having our Fourth of July celebration here at the Community Center, where we provide snacks, face painting, games, bubble play, and all kinds of family fun," smiled Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association Chair Chelsea Powers.

"We've been a little surprised at how many showed up, with so many families coming to participate," Powers told THE BEE. "For us, this continues to be a great community-building event founded by a Board Member probably four or five years ago.

"Most importantly, it's totally inclusive – welcoming all ages, all abilities – so everybody is welcome; it's just a free event to 'build community' and get to know our neighbors a little better, in honor of our nation's birthday!" And if you missed it, you can count on the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association to do it again next year.

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