Although the streets of Old Town were mostly clear of snow for parade participants, crowds of parade watchers were smaller than usual for Alexandria’s celebration of George Washington’s 282nd birthday.
The temperatures were just cold enough that ice made walking along sidewalks difficult. However, that did not deter the many politicians and scout troops who marched in Monday’s parade, which is the largest such celebration in the U. S. There were also Revolutionary War units and a few fife and drum organizations who braved the cold weather to celebrate the first president’s birthday.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Dr. Pamela Cressey, who retired last year as Alexandria’s City Archaeologist. She performed her duties well at the head of the parade and in the reviewing stands as the units marched by.
The parade was the culmination of about a dozen events celebrating Washington’s birthday. Among those events was the Birth Night Ball, which was held at Gadsby’s Tavern where President and Mrs. Washington actually celebrated his birthday on two occasions. There was also a breakfast at the Friendship Firehouse on Monday morning. In all, Alexandria celebrated in true colonial style.