Bristol – There will be floats, bands and puppets, the trill of bagpipes and Sousa marches.
The sailors will step smartly down Hope Street, where the red, white and blue traffic stripes have replaced the mundane yellow strips. The historic harbor is filling with boats, their white sails riffling in the afternoon breeze.
There will be flags, thousands of them. Some will hang from the stately 18th and 19th century colonials that grace Bristol’s waterfront. The wooly-headed blue hydrangeas sprout from lawns grand and modest.