UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: A star-spangled salute to Americana in Southport

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A star-spangled salute to Americana in Southport

Alison Suri traveled from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Southport on Wednesday with her son, Jameson, to attend the Pequot Library's annual 4th of July Bike Parade.
"It's wonderful," Suri said as dozens of kids competed in sack races on the library's Great Lawn after riding bikes decorated in the colors of Old Glory from Southport Center to the library. "You certainly don't find opportunities like this in the city. My son is 3½. He gets to come ride bikes and run around with the kids and just experience the suburbs and experience the holiday as well."
Suri said her sister, Lauren Pinto, recently moved to Fairfield's Southport neighborhood and told her, "There was a great parade and party happening that we should come visit for."
Brenda Giandurco, who came to the Independence Day festivities with her husband, Vincent, and their daughters, Grace, 8, and Ava, 6, said the annual bike parade was "very inspiring." "We've been the last few years and it's a really fun event for the whole family, and the kids love the bike parade," Brenda said. "It's like old-fashioned America; very patriotic too." She said she most liked the bike parade "because you really feel the spirit of the community."
At 10 a.m., more than 100 kids rode bicycles, decorated in red, white and blue ribbons and streamers, from the "Five Corners" intersection in Southport Village to the 720 Pequot Ave. library a few blocks away. The kids then enjoyed sack races, a Revolutionary relay race, hula-hoop contest, American Revolution trivia contest, face painting, arts and crafts and hot dogs and ice cream, all on the Pequot Library's Great Lawn, over the next two hours.
"It's a great early beginning to the holiday," said Susan Ei, the children's librarian who served as informal emcee for lawn games. "People come out in the community together and share some old pastimes. The kids look forward to it every year." Belle, the library's popular mascot bunny, led the bike parade, Ei said, adding that the 4th of July was the only day all year that Belle has to "work." READ MORE:

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