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Parade a success

Aug. 7, 2013 |

The East Longmeadow Fourth of July Parade is now in the history books. The parade route once again was lined heavily with spectators, the weather was perfect, and there was very little that could have been changed to make the parade or the day better. The Parade Committee wishes to take this opportunity to thank the people, businesses, organizations and sponsors that provided support for the 2013, 4th of July Parade. Without your continued support we would not have been able to celebrate our independence and pay respect to our veterans or our military men and women who have or currently maintain our freedom. Special thanks to the citizens and taxpayers of the Town of East Longmeadow; all of our Band and Unit Sponsors; area and community organizations; area and community businesses; Acre’s Power Equipment; Bach Towing; The 99 Restaurant & Pub; Custom Auto Body/Norris Trailer Sales; The Donut Dip; Elmcrest Country Club; Joe Pereria; Lenox/American Saw; Maybury Material Handling; Mt. Tom Amateur Repeaters Association for Communications; Perron’s Automotive; Premier Source Credit Union; Pride Gas Station; Reminder Publications; The Republican/Metro South; St. Michael’s Parish; Stop & Shop Supermarket; Wingate of East Longmeadow; CJ’s Towing; and various town departments and offices. Congratulations to the following musical groups: Best Marching Unit – Spirit of America Band; Best Fife & Drum Corps – Windsor Fife & Drum Corp; Best Drum & Bugle Corp – Excelsior Drum & Bugle Corp; Best Cadences – East Longmeadow High School Marching Band; Best Drum Major – Centurions Drum & Bugle Corp; General Effects (Overall) – Spirit of America Band. Congratulations to the following floats: Patriotic Class, 1st Place – Springfield Lodge of Elks, 2nd Place – South Hadley Veterans, 3rd Place – Hampden County Sheriff’s Department; Open Class – 1st Place – Chicopee Colleen Float, 2nd Place – Springfield Colleen Float, 3rd Place – Chicopee Falls Moose Family Center, Hometown Award – Lenox/American Saw Congratulations to the following fire departments: Best Appearing Pumper 2000’s – Shaker Pines Fire Department – 2012 Ferrara Pumper; Best Appearing Pumper 70’s, 80’s, 90‘s Series – Holland Fire Dept.-1998 KME; Best Rescue Unit – Holland Fire Department – 2013 Ford F350 Rescue Truck; Best Appearing Aerial/Platform – Enfield Fire Department – 1988 Pierce Aerial Platform; Best Appearing Tanker – United States Air Force Barnes – 2012 4000 gal tanker; Best Appearing Brush Truck – Brimfield Fire Department – 1994 Brush Truck; Best Appearing Antique – Surry Fire Department, NH/Owner Kyle Chapin of Enfield – 1996 GMC/Maxim. Finally, a special thank you to all of the Banner Carriers and Parade Marshals. The hard work and support that you provide during the parade, allows the Parade Committee to provide a quality and family oriented parade each year. A reminder to the citizens of East Longmeadow, the committee is looking for people to join it. People need to step forward now, so that they can “learn the ropes” of what is needed to produce an event of this magnitude. The parade committee is also interested in your input/feedback on the parade. Please send your comments to boysclub@aol.com or P.O. Box 828, East Longmeadow, MA. 01028. Information about the parade is available throughout the year at the committee’s website – www.july.ws. This program is supported in part by a grant from the East Longmeadow Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Brian Falk Fouth of July Parade Committee East Longmeadow

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