Your Hometown Parade
5K Road Race Results
Here are the results from the 2015 Berkshire Medical Center's 30th Anniversary Independence Day Run. A crowd of 1,272 ran the 5K.
Click here to see the results.
Our 2015 Grand Marshal
Pittsfield Parade Committee Names Lillian Quinn
Grand Marshal for the July 4th Parade
Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said, “Lil Quinn’s service to Pittsfield as an educator and mentor for nearly five decades has shaped countless lives and helped make our community a better place to live. We are honored to have Lil serving as the 2015 Pittsfield Parade Grand Marshal.”
Quinn retired after forty-eight years of teaching, forty-two of those at St. Joseph Central High School. For thirty years, she taught ninth grade English, language and composition, chaired the English Department and served as a reading specialist for the high school. Quinn became the academic dean in 2003 and served as acting principal twice.
She directed over twenty-five Broadway Musicals and revues at the high school and co-authored three musicals. Her last six Broadway musicals were performed at Barrington Mainstage.
She designed “New Horizons” a study skills course which was offered to the public as a summer program at St. Joseph Central High School.
Quinn is a graduate of Pittsfield High School, Berkshire Business College and the University of Massachusetts where she received a master’s degree in education and completed the doctoral program of studies.
She is a former member of St. Mary, the Morning Star Church where she
served as Director of CCD, President of the Rosary Society, Finance Committee and Parish Council. Quinn is a member of St Joseph Parish and volunteers for the CCD Program. Last year she received the Diocese of Springfield’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was recently inducted into the St. Joseph Central High School Hall of Fame.
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