Syttendae mai: Your Tax Dollars At Work

photo by Ballard Avenue

Leading off the parade every year is the motorcycle drill team from the Seattle Police Department. Now, to some of us Ballardites, the SPD is something of an occupation force, the long arm of the hegemonists who robbed Ballard of its independence long ago. That said, it's still pretty neat to watch them throw those Harleys around.

They weave in and out, back and forth, up and down, with maximum spit and polish and pearl-handled revolvers. For one day a year they're cool. The rest of the year they're just writin' you up for nothin'.