Your Hometown Parade
Celebrating Our Independence
The theme of the 2015 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade had been announced.
Saturday, July 4th at 10am
in beautiful downtown
Mark your calendar!
Click here to read more!
Volunteers Always Welcome
The Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Committee is looking for volunteers to help make the July 4th Parade bigger and better than ever.
Meetings are held at Morningside School in Pittsfield at 7 pm on the following Wednesday evenings:
February 18 - Due to school vacation, the meeting will be held at Polish Falcon's at 32 Bel Air Avenue in Pittstield at 7:00pm.
Float Building & Vehicle Safety Workshops
These workshops are designed to bring together potential float builders 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.
The Committee requires you to attend one or both seminars to eliminate any problems that may arise the day of the parade.
The dates for the float/vehicle work shops are:
April 15 at Morningside at 7pm
April 18 at St. Mark's Parish Center at 10 am
May 6 Morningside at 7pm
May 11 St. Mark's Parish Center at 7pm
June 3 at Morningside at 7pm
If you have any questions please call the parade phone at 447-7763
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