Parade Co-Chairs – Kaaren Gerlach, 315-539-2927 or 315-651-7726 and Doris Wolf, 1229 Birdsey Road, Waterloo 539-8302 or 315-246-7580 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the BIG ONE! Waterloo is observing the 150th consecutive Memorial Day with a month of special activities honoring our military. There will be two parades this year, the Celebrate Freedom Parade on May 28 and the Memorial Day Commemorate Parade on May 30.
Everyone is welcome to join us once again for the Celebrate Freedom Parade. Lineup will be at 10:15 and the parade will step off precisely at 11. We’re asking you to come a little early because we anticipate that there will be a greater number of participants.
If you’ve been in the parade before, you know what fun it can be. Once again, we will have divisions for military and officials; youth organizations; schools and families; churches, seniors and organizations; and vehicles. The Civil War and American Revolutionary War groups will have a “parade within a parade.”
Please look for the posters indicating where your group should line up. Briefly, Group 1, officials, will be on Clark Street to Main,
Group 1A, military and veterans, Clark Street behind Group 1. Honor float will feature Sampson WWII Navy Veterans accompanied by the Navy Reserve Honor Guard.
Group 2, Civil War and other military reenactor groups, East Williams Street west. This “parade within a parade” will be very large and spectacular this year. Come early and bring your flags!
Group 3, Youth organizations, East Williams Street east.
Group 4, businesses, organizations and churches, Elisha Street east.
Group 5, vehicles and businesses, Clark Street north from Elisha Street.
Special “dignitaries” in this year’s parade will include three past US Presidents – President Teddy Roosevelt, President Abe Lincoln and President Ulysses S. Grant. And we are very excited to have the very popular Hit Men return to our lineup this year.
This parade will be a farewell for Kaaren and Doris who are retiring. They would like to thank you so much for your participation and enthusiasm over the past 16 years and encourage you to continue to come to Waterloo to celebrate the freedom so dearly won for us by our military as the parade marches on under new co chairs.
Please use the form below to let us know you are coming and send us information about your group that will be read by the announcer as you pass the reviewing stand in front of the post office. Please submit as soon as possible. And encourage your friends to join us, too. Everyone is welcome!
Doris Wolf and Kaaren Gerlach
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