The Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival could hardly have happened on a better day. With no clouds to be seen, the parade started promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The parade was led by the volunteer fire department's brand new fire engine. Dozens of Capers lined the street as the three princesses were driven past, waving and tossing candy to children.
Jing Ying Institute's martial artists were next in line, their lineup punctuated by a Chinese dragon costume writhing along the street. Several other community organizations, including Goshen Farm and Hoffman Animal Hospital also had their names displayed prominently on banners held by supporters.
But not everyone in the parade was attached to an organization. Hilary Bolea pushed her baby through the parade in a stroller adorned with strawberry-shaped balloons. Bolea said she had always had a knack for making balloon animals, and these weren't too difficult to put together, with help from a local art supply store.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Pack 2214 waved their flags, and were followed by a group of Dan Bongino and Faith Louden supporters. Next up was a pickup truck covered with stickers supporting County Councilman Dick Ladd, followed by Ladd himself, handing out candy to children.
Inside the Cape St. Claire Community clubhouse, Capers beat the heat while enjoying daiquiris, strawberry shortcake and other treats. Outside and around the clubhouse were more than 50 vendors selling their crafts and wares, along with face painting, T-shirts, knick-knacks and other curiosities.
If you missed the Strawberry Festival, I hope the extensive photo gallery here will help you experience a part of the fun on Saturday.