Don’t call today’s event in Old Town Alexandria a President’s Day parade.
“It’s not really a day to celebrate Zachary Taylor, is it?” asks Mike Oliver, Alexandria enthusiast. “Or Millard Fillmore or some of the other lightweights.”
Alexandria’s parade is called George Washington Birthday Parade.
Washington’s Birthday is one of the marquee events for Alexandria, where a young George Washington served as part of the surveying team that founded the city in 1749. These days, the city helps remember him by hosting the George Washington Birthday Parade – led by Town Crier Ben Fiore-Walker.
“Alexandrians love their history," says Fiore-Walker. "They love George Washington, so yeah. We get extremely excited about it.”
The parade featured Boy Scouts, Shriners, marching bands, firefighters … and even traditional dancers from Bolivia.