Your Hometown Parade
The Pittsfield Suns game and 4th of July fireworks have been rained out on the 4th of July. They will be postponned until July 12. Thank you.
Here are the results for the parade awards:
Grand Prize - Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
2nd place - Salvation Army
3rd place - Bentley Brook
1st place marching unit - Columbia and District Pipe Band
2nd place marching unit - Berkshire Highlanders
3rd place marching unit - St Peters Drum Corp
1st place mobile unit - Jailhouse 3 plus 2
2nd place mobile unit - Racing City Chorus
3rd place mobile unit - Past Tense
1st - Pittsfield
2nd - Dalton
3rd - Lanesborough
1st place - Soldier On
1st place - Bob Quattrochi - 1956 Chrysler Roadster
2nd place - JIm Chivers - 1956 Chevy Nomad
3rd place - Peter Marchand - 1931 Ford Model A Pickup
Oldies But Goodies Rock 'n' Roll Show
The Oldies But Goodies group will be putting on their second benefit show for the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee this coming September. Anyone who attended last year's show can tell you it was a tremendous success. OBG played to a full house with an amazing selection of classic songs which captivated the audience from start to finish. After last year's performance we expect to sell out this year. You can pre-purchase tickets right here!
But don't worry about missing out.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 7pm
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