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Part II: More snapshots from 2018’s 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July Parade was brought to you by the Central West End Association, Busey Bank, and Sysco St. Louis. Thanks to (from right) Central West End Association President Kate Walter, middle, Executive Director Jess Campbell, and left, Liz Campbell, Jess’s mother who braved the blistering heat to roast an unending supply of hot dogs—provided by Sysco St. Louis—over an equally blistering-hot barbecue pit.

Thank you to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the event including Tim O’Connor who led the parade in his vintage red Mustang, and the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Jim Whyte who along with some of the City’s Finest, helped keep traffic under control while parade-goers meandered along to Maryland Plaza.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Steamy or not, the CWE 4th of July tradition lives on

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Give or take a year, I believe this is the 38th Fourth of July Parade that has taken place in the Central West End. It started on Lenox Place as a simpler affair with approximately 50 neighbors of various ages following a fire truck around the block. There were popsicles and lemonade at parade’s end—and once there was a turtle race too.

Over the years the tradition has continued thanks to board members and volunteers from the Central West End Association. There are twice as many families participating now as in the early days, and Busey Bank has become a sponsor. This year as in recent years past, entertainment was provided by Circus Kaput, and at parade’s end there were balloon artists and face painters at the Maryland Plaza fountain decorating sweaty little faces. There was plenty of cold water and hot dogs for all.

In top photo from left Robyn LeBoeuf, Tony Martin (visiting from Louisiana), Dan and Dominic Boccabella. Dan is chief organizer of CWE Families & Friends’ activities these days.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Avenues.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

One of the jugglers with Circus Kaput.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Some of the neighborhood spectators who lined the parade route.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro biked to the parade.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, with his daughter Janetta.

Next up: More photos from 2018 Fourth of July Parade.

CWEnder Carla Dawson’s paintings at Third Degree Glass Factory

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

Third Fridays of each month Third Degree Glass Factory, 5900 Delmar Blvd., has become a popular entertainment option for people of all ages. It’s a magnet for young families, couples, and groups of friends looking for an interactive experience. You can watch a glass making demonstration, listen to live music, and perhaps take a glass blowing class. There is always a food truck parked out front and on the Friday I visited, June 15, a couple from Ices Plain & Fancy was working their magic creating fabulous nitro-churned ice cream in the front room.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

Each Third Friday also marks the introduction of a new artist invited to display art in the main room.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

On the 15th, CWEnder Carla Dawson, June’s “artist of the month,” presented All About Color. She’s photographed in front of her oil paintings It’s All Connected, left and  Maui Sunset, right.

Several years ago Dawson and her husband Denny moved to the Central West End from Chesterfield. She said they wanted a more urban, diverse environment. “Plus, the amenities in the CWE are awesome,” she added. The artist can often be spotted walking with her greyhound Pearl from her condo to her art studio in the neighborhood.

As a single mom Dawson chose a career in the banking industry. In 1992 she left banking and took up art studying at Washington University, and then with local artist and teacher Robert Ketchens before striking out on her own.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

All About Color is inspired by nature and the artist’s love of travel. Shown from top,  Quiet, middle, Time Lapse, and bottom photo, Pier.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

Above, An example of the artist’s collage on glass called Metallic Sunrise.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Education Events, Sightings  Third Degree Glass Factory Central West End Carla Dawson

Dawson’s After the Rain, 42″ x 34″ oil on linen.

It’s All About Color will remain on view at Third Degree Glass Factory until July 18.  The next Third Friday event is scheduled for July 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., admission is free.

To contact Carla Dawson, or to learn more about her vibrant art, visit her website.