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Kailua celebrates Fourth of July with parade

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Jul 04 2013 04:36:18 PM HST
Updated On: Jul 05 2013 01:26:56 PM HST

No Fourth of July is complete without a parade. KITV4's Brenton Awa was at the only one on Oahu today, where the Windward side turns red, white and blue.

KAILUA, Hawaii -

No Fourth of July is complete without a parade, and Kailua may be one of the best places to show off your red, white and blue.

"I'm here for four things: freedom, liberty, beer and freedom," says a parade participant.

Others showed up to watch dozens of floats or just as an excuse to play in the street.

"It's really unique, everyone gets into it," says Howie Wells, a Kailua resident.

Wells has been coming here for 57 years. That's just 10 years shy of watching every Kailua parade. He says this longtime tradition has a small-town feel. Others say it's a community reunion.

"We often see classmates or friends," says Mark Tawara, a Kailua resident.

Most didn't seem to mind the heat.

"It was great this year. Last year was a lot hotter," says Tawara.

With dozens of floats, you can expect a few malfunctions. But none would stop this parade, not even a pile of poop. People simply went around it.

Click here to see more photos from the Kailua 4th of July Parade.

Perhaps the coolest setup outside of the parade was created by a family who brought their couches outdoors.

"I just think you got to be comfortable and we might as well put out the couch," says Mark Sage, a Kailua resident.

With all the festivities, we asked people what the best part of this parade was.

"I always like the marching bands, they were good," says Tawara.

"I don't know -- there's a truck right here that looks pretty good. I can't tell you," says Wells.

"I liked one of the politicians, the Corvette that they were on," says Sage.

Even though there are no losers in this parade, the real star of the day...

"Happy birthday U.S.A.," says a group of children.

...237 years young.

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