Your Hometown Parade
Volunteers Always Welcome
The Pittsfield Parade Committee welcomes volunteers to join them during their planning sessions throughout the year. With your help, the 4th of July parade will be bigger and better than ever before!
Please join us at Morningside Community School on Burbank Street in Pittsfield at 7 p.m.:
Wednesday, February 19
Wednesday, March 19
Wednesday, April 2
Wednesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 30
Wednesday, May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28
Wednesday, June 11, June 18
Wednesday, July 2
2014 Pittsfield Parade Committee
Mandatory Vehicle Safety and Float Workshops
Wednesday, March 19 @ 7 PM Morningside Community School, Burbank Street
Wednesday, April 16 @ 7 Pm - Morningside Community School, Burbank Street
Monday, April 21 @ 7PM - St Mark's Church - Father Leonard Hall, West Street
Saturday, May 10 @ 10 AM - St Mark's Church - Father Leonard Hall, West Street
Wednesday, May 28th 7 PM - Morningside Community School, Burbank Street
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