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Not Your Usual Memorial Day Parade

The little city of Falls Church, Va., sandwiched between Arlington and Fairfax counties five miles west of D.C., has held a Memorial Day parade almost every year since the 1950s.

It's not your usual Memorial Day parade — nary a high school marching band (the city's too small), only a couple VFW drill teams, a fairly big contingent of Shriners in mini-cars, and mainly, lots of cultural and ethnic groups from around the area.

Then there's the Westsider Marching Band, which buses down from Baltimore every year. As the Westsiders grow in popularity, they get moved further back in the parade order. This year they were almost at the end.

And here they are.

— Peter Overby