Brownsville celebrates Independence Day with parade
After Salvador Salinas took a seat in the lawn chair he set up Wednesday morning on Elizabeth Street, he pressed a button on the speaker cradled in his lap that blared an upbeat patriotic tune.
The U.S. Army veteran was among the people awaiting the start of The Brownsville Herald’s 18th annual Fourth of July Parade. Parade participants and onlookers were decked out in an array of red, white and blue garb to take part in commemorating Independence Day.
“We’ve done so much, and we have to celebrate the birth (of our country) without all the negativity we have,” he said. “We’re here to enjoy the parade because of all the men and women who never came back.”
Salinas planned to celebrate later with family, adding that he was grateful they have the freedom to express themselves and their opinions without fear.
“That’s what it means to me, the freedom to be ourselves,” he said. “It’s still the greatest holiday, to me, in the world. It still brings tears to my eyes.”
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