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Lisbon tradition continues at homecoming


LISBON — Spectators lined the streets on a cool sunny Saturday for the annual Lisbon Homecoming parade.

The day’s events began with a 5-kilometer run/walk at the American Legion and a breakfast buffet at the United Presbyterian Church.

“I did the walk/run this morning for the first time ever. I did not come in first, but I did not come in last, so I’m pretty happy with myself,” said Barb A. McBath.

The festivities stretched throughout the town, with yard sales at many houses and rides on a miniature train for children at the Lisbon Depot Museum.

Mary J. Denny, Heuvelton, came to town with her parade-loving 4-year-old granddaughter, Mary J. Denny, Syracuse.

“I just took her up here to see the parade, she doesn’t get to see a lot of them,” Mrs. Denny said.

Sirens signaled the parade’s start after 11 a.m. Children waited eagerly alongside the parade route for the candy they knew was sure to be tossed by marchers.

The crowd applauded for Lisbon Central School’s marching band, which recently received word it would represent the area in a national event in Washington, D.C., next summer.

Stephen M. Planty and Heather C. Harper sat watching the parade in a bright purple dune buggy.

“I just like to get out of the house,” Mr. Planty said.

“Usually we bring the kids, but we came without them this year because they’re on vacation,” Ms. Harper said.

At noon, a chicken barbecue began at the fire station while a sand-castle competition started on the beach.

After an ice cream social at the First Congregational Church, the day ended with games and activities on the beach, with fireworks to close out the night.

The homecoming continues today with a youth triathlon at 1 p.m.

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