Waterbury was awash in colors — including red, white and blue — for this year’s Not Quite Independence Day parade and festival, held Saturday, June 29. 

“We thought that since the Main Street construction project is a bit of circus, we would have a circus theme this year,” said Tami Bass of the Waterbury Rotary Club, which organized the celebration. 

Rusty Parker Park and Main Street were the settings for carnival games, live music, a bouncy house, face painting, giant bowling, food and drink vendors, and fireworks at dusk. 

Parade participants included J.A. McDonald, the company that’s doing the Main Street reconstruction (the We Dig shirts), and awards were given in the following categories: Best use of theme — Harwood Youth Hockey (Liza Commo handing out pucks); most patriotic — Waterbury Community Band; most colorful — Circus Sphere; best vehicle — a 1929 Buick Streetster; and Green Mountain Performing Arts won Best Kids Entry and Overall Best in Show. 

“Memories from this event, of all the smiles, laughing, dancing, good food, shouts of happiness and music during the fireworks, will warm my heart always,” Bass said.