Red, white and blue lined Kainalu Drive in Kailua on Friday for the 68th annual Independence Day parade.
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An election year, onlookers noticed more politicians than usual at the event hosted by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce.
The march began with music from the Royal Hawaiian Band. The Veterans of Foreign Wars helped lead the parade.
From pooches to horses to cars, everyone seemed decked out in the Fourth of July spirit. People packed the lawns and sidewalks of the street to get a front row seat of the parade.
"Kailua does it right. They have a great, family-oriented parade and we happen to live right down the block so we bring everything and share all our chairs here," said Jessica Nishikawa.
Lou Carnazzo is used to sharing the space around his house at this time of year. He's been celebrating the Fourth of July in Kailua since 1967. With patriotic pride he honored veterans and active duty service members.
"Independence in America, to be free, to choose what you want to choose and be what you want, that's important to be able to do something like this," said Carnazzo.
The Korean War Veterans Association, schools and scouts were also among the participants.
Along with the expected floats with elections this year, dozens of candidates filled the parade. Some rode in cars but most were on foot. Onlookers said the parade has grown over the years, and this time they've definitely noticed more politicians and candidates.
"It used to be small and only last half an hour, and it was only mostly Kailua merchants, and the kids from different schools and activities. Maybe there were local politicians, now we have a lot of politicians," said Patricia Tom.
"It's all part of the democratic process. We are celebrating the 238th birthday of America and we all take care of this great American experiment. I'm proud to be a part of it and I think everyone else is too," said Mayor of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell.