Your Hometown Parade
And the winners are...
Best Fire Department
Adams - 1st place
Dalton - 2nd place
Lanesborough - 3rd place
Best Marching Band
Patriots- 1st place
Sunrisers - 2nd place
20th Century - 3rd place
Whiskey City - 1st place
Racing City Chorus - 2nd place
Past Tense - 3rd place
Habitat for Humanity - 1st place
Carpenter Local 108 - 2nd place
Albany Berkshire Ballet - 3rd place
Robert Gaylord - 1st place -8 Plymouth Fury Convertible
Carol and Ricard Thornton - 2nd place - 71 Buick Skylark Convertible
Michael Zawistoski - 3rd place - 68 Mustang Convertible
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
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