Your Hometown Parade
Monday, July 4th at 10 am
The Pittsfield Parade Committee announced that the 2016 Fourth of July Parade theme is “Music & Dance Through the Years.”
Pittsfield Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti said, “Our 2016 theme emanated from a combination of suggestions we received from the community, many promoting the idea that we should honor the Berkshires’ tradition of great summer music and dance venues.
Join us for the 4th of July Parade
July 4, Monday at 10 am
Click here for a map of Pittsfield or for parking within the city.
Banner Carriers are Needed
Please call 447-7763 to volunteer to carry a banner in the 4th of July Parade this year. Thank you!
We are also looking for bucket brigade volunteers too! Please call if you would like to help!
Drum Corps Competition Returns to Pittsfield!
The Drum and Bugle Corp is coming back to Pittsfield by popular demand!
Join us for Precision and Pageantry
July 3, 2016 at 7pm
at Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, MA.
Gates open at 5pm
$15 Advanced Sale
$20 Day of Show
$20 Advanced Sale
Pastore Named Grand Marshal
The Pittsfield Parade Committee is honored to name Tony Pastore, a decorated WWII veteran as our 2016 Pittsfield Parade Grand Marshal.
In addition to his military service, Tony is well-known in the community for his heartfelt renditions of the National Anthem at many patriotic events and programs in Pittsfield. He a regular choir member at St. Mark’s Church and has been singing all his life.
Born in 1924, and a 1942 graduate of Pittsfield High School, Pastore was drafted into the U.S. Army in March, 1943 and saw action at Monte Cassino and Anzio in Italy.
His unit entered Rome on June 4, 1944 and then invaded Southern France. When in Rome, which Pope Pius XII had declared an Open City, he was included in a private audience with the Pope, the first of two audiences he attended.
He was transferred to the 524th Fighter Squadron of the 27th Fighter Group, his duties included repairing planes and supporting the infantry. Pastore was stationed in Germany at the conclusion of the war.
He was honored with The French Fourragere, an award from the French government, and his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation.
After coming home in December, 1945, he reenlisted and went to radio school and atomic school before receiving a medical discharge. Pastore took part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September, 2015.
Photo Credit - Iberkshires.com
2016 Planning is Underway - Volunteers are Welcome
Volunteers are always welcome to join us.
Here is the schedule of planning meetings for the 2016 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade!
All meetings are held at 7pm at Morningside School in Pittsfield.
Hope to see you there!
Enjoy It Again!
Thanks to our partnership with Pittsfield Community Television, you can watch the 2015 Parade any time you want. We thank you for your continued support!
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