Your Hometown Parade
And the theme is...
The Pittsfield Parade Committee announced that the 2017 Fourth of July Parade theme is “Celebrating Our Heroes."
Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said, “Most of the suggestions we received for this year’s theme were based on the importance of patriotism and honoring our veterans.
This theme is broad, because as we know, that in addition to veterans, heroes can also be police officers, firemen, EMTs, teachers and many others who serve and sacrifice for our communities.
No doubt, the ideas for floats will be endless, focusing on the many kinds of heroes we honor, even including superheroes from comics.”
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Volunteers Always Welcome
July 4th is a time for Pittsfield to celebrate our heritage as we proudly showcase the City of Pittsfield, with what is widely recognized as one of the finest 4th of July celebrations in America.
All meetings are held at the Polish Falcon Club, 32 Bel Air Avenue in Pittsfield, Wednesdays at 7pm.
Here is the lineup:
• April 12
• April 26
• May 3
• May 17
• May 31
• June 7
• June 14
• June 28
We hope to see you there! Thank you!
Mandatory Vehicle Safety and Float Workshops
Float-Building Workshops are designed to bring together potential float-builders and vehicle entrees to learn the rules and regulations of putting together an award winning float for the 4th of July Parade.
Ideas will be suggested on float construction, types of materials to use, size regulations, safety issues, and an understanding of the categories for your entry.
Float Workshops will be held:
- Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Polish Falcons
- Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Polish Falcons
- Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Father Leonard Hall
- Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Polish Falcons
- Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Polish Falcons
- Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Father Leonard Hall
Polish Falcons Club is located on Bel Air Avenue in Pittsfield.
St. Mark's Father Leonard Hall is on West Street at the Church.
One of the 10 Best Parade Venues in the Country!
This article appeared in the Berkshire Eagle on Monday June 30, 2008.
As the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade gets ready to step off on Friday, it got a high-profile boost in the pages of USA Today, which listed it among the 10 best parade venues in the country.
"We were thrilled," said Peter M. Marchetti, treasurer and coordinator of this year's parade. "It made us feel great."
In its Friday edition, USA Today asked Steve Schmader, president and CEO of the International Festival and Events Association, to list his favorite 10 parades.
Pittsfield was joined by Washington, D.C., Racine, Wis., Philadelphia, Gatlinburg, Tenn., Balboa Island, Calif., Bristol, R.I., Greeley, Colo., Belton, Texas, and St. Louis.
"Once billed as 'Your Hometown Parade,' " the paper said, "the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade dates back to 1824, when the procession consisted of Revolutionary War veterans and politicians riding in horse-drawn carriages.
Today's modern parade has floats, balloons and marching bands, but still retains the small-town, patriotic flavor of its roots."
USA Today, with a circulation of more than 2.2 million, is the nation's most-read newspaper. The theme of this year's parade is "A World of Music."
There will be 19 marching musical acts, and all 23 floats will play either live or taped music. The six giant helium balloons will likewise have a musical theme, right down to Laa-Laa, the Teletubby.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Friday and will follow its traditional route, beginning on South Street at the Housatonic Street intersection, proceeding around Park Square, up North Street and ending at Wahconah Park on Wahconah Street.
Here is the link to the orginial story in USA Today