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The celebration of Independence on July 4 now includes the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood

DAVID F. ASHTON - Many neighbors arrive at the last minute to swell the numbers of people participating in the Brentwood-Darlington July 4th Celebration Parade.One didn't have to be riding a bike – or even a unicycle, in a few cases – but most participants were indeed rolling along, in this year's Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association July 4th Celebration Parade.

"It looked like it might not happen this year – so, at the last minute I took it on as the point person, with the help of many other people in our community who stepped up," reflected organizer Dunja Marcum.

Near parade time, there were still only about 20 kids and adults decorating their bicycles, trikes, wagons and strollers. However, just minutes before noon, participants began streaming into the formation area, just west of the Learning Lab Gardens on S.E. 57th Avenue.

By the time the festive parade got rolling toward S.E. Ogden Street, then zigzagging through streets eastward toward the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, the throng had grown to more than a hundred merry participants.

"I think it's really important to do things to help draw us together as a community," Marcum told THE BEE. "That means getting to know each other, as our neighborhood changes and begins to gentrify, so we can all continue to grow together.

"And next year, we hope to have an even larger parade!"

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