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Flags, clowns, tall Uncle Sam among Fourth of July sights from ’88 to ’91

Flags, clowns, tall Uncle Sam among Fourth of July sights from ’88 to ’91

Red, white and blue will be in fashion on Thursday — this year’s chief summer holiday. In past years
Flags, clowns, tall Uncle Sam among Fourth of July sights from ’88 to ’91
Macintosh the Clown makes new friends at the Empire State Plaza on July 4, 1989. The clown was boisterous — like the fireworks that came later.
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The most glorious days for Old Glory come in May, July and November.

Patriotic people wave flags reverently for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They fly them proudly and joyously for the Fourth of July.

Red, white and blue will be in fashion on Thursday — this year’s chief summer holiday. In past years, Capital Region residents have worn and flown the colors during parades, picnics and pyrotechnic parties.

In 1988, Jason and Gloria Cerasuolo were among participants in the Willow Glen neighborhood’s annual Fourth of July parade. Residents of the Glenville housing development had been gathering for the march since 1982.

In 1989, folks like Matt Mickle of Middleburgh, Macintosh the Clown and Ruth Manzi of the Fort Crailo Yankee Doodle Band celebrated the day with colors, comedy and music. In 1990, along came Sam — long, lean, lanky Sam at the Empire State Plaza. An athletic gentleman on stilts portrayed the nation’s favorite uncle.

Young people with flags in their caps and in their hands — and smiles on their faces — were in Alplaus in 1991 for the hamlet’s Fourth of July parade.

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