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Sounds Of Summer: The Rattle And Hum Of Parades And Beaches

OPB | July 15, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Updated: July 31, 2013 12:35 p.m.

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Large floats; marching bands with teenagers dressed in ill-fitting uniforms; politicians waving to the crowd. July Fourth is the height of parade season. For those of you with parade fever, we thought we’d give you a taste of what’s to come, as we kick off a series we’re calling “Sounds of Summer.”

Kristian Foden-Vencil took his recorder to Portland’s Starlight Parade, to give us an insider’s view of what it’s like to march with a band.

That was Corey Alston, the band director at Lakeridge High School, in Lake Oswego.

We are kicking off a new series called “Sounds of Summer.” So what do you think summer sounds like in the Pacific Northwest?

Some people OPB spoke to said, not surprisingly, the beach.

Ah the sound of the beach. It’s iconic. But it’s also really hard to identify if you don’t have the waves crashing right in front of you. You’re listening to the sound of the ocean right now. Would you have known, if I didn’t identify it? It could be the highway. Now add the sound of waves in a tide pool, or a seagull, and we’re almost there. Enjoy.

We’d love to hear stories about your favorite summer sounds, and see your photos and videos. You can contribute yours via our tumblr page.

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