NORWOOD - The guest list for America’s birthday bash Friday in Norwood was extensive, as marchers marched and a patriotic crowd took in the 2014 Norwood Independence Day Parade.
The municipality is said to host the largest parade in St. Lawrence County, and this year’s version appeared no different.
“I’ve been at these parades for about 44 years,” Norwood Fire Department First Assistant Chief Gary Bancroft said. “You’ve also got the demolition derby, the tractor races and the big fireworks at dark. (They’re) the best.”
The 79th annual Norwood Fire Department Field Day began Thursday on the Village Green with music and continued Friday with a large array of events.
The parade is the number one fundraiser for the department, according to fire officials.
“It’s a beautiful turnout. Even when it rains people come out and check it out,” Mr. Bancroft said.
The groups marched down Maple Street beginning at 1 p.m., travelled down Spring Street and concluded their journey at the Firemen’s Field on Morgan Street.
The units consisted of 17 fire departments, three rescue squads, approximately 20 floats, antique cars, ATVs, motorcycles, trucks and more.
“Last year was the first year we came (to the parade.) It’s a small town - it’s Americana. It’s what you want your kids to experience when they’re young - so they get a sense of what we’re here for,” Robert Butler, Ogdensburg, said.
“We really enjoyed the Scottish bagpipes. That was pretty good. We’re going to do a little of everything today. We’ll head back to the house for a little while, have a barbecue and then come back tonight.”
This year’s parade theme was “Once Upon a Time,” and there were 61 U.S. flags displayed along the parade route.
Norwood firemen handed out over 800 hand-held American flags shortly before the 90-minute parade.
“I come here every year. I like bringing the kids here on the side of the road, and they all collect candy. After the parade we head up to Fireman’s Field and watch the demolition derby and the lawnmower races and everything else that’s going on up there,” Greg Rombough, Norfolk, said. “A ton of people come out for this.”
The fireworks display at the conclusion of the day costs the fire department over $5,500. Donations for these fireworks can be made to Norwood Vol. Fire Department, PO Box 231, Norwood, NY 13668.