Your Hometown Parade
Music and Dance Through the Years
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.
The other piece is that the theme will tie in nicely with the drum corps show that will take place on July 3rd at Wahconah Park.”
Parade applications are now being accepted. Applications will be mailed to past attendees and for those who would like to participate for the first time, applications may be found by clicking on the Forms and Press tab or by calling 413-447-7763.
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.
April 13 & 27
May 4 & 18
June 1 & 15
Hope to see you there!
Float Building & Vehicle Safety Workshops
These sessions are designed to bring together potential float builders to learn the rules and regulations of putting together an award winning float for the 4th of July Parade.
Ideas will be suggested on float construction, types of materials to use, size regulations, safety issues, and an understanding of the categories for your entry.
The Committee requires float builders and certain other units to attend one or more workshops to eliminate any problems that may arise the day of the parade.
The dates for the mandatory vehicle safety/float workshops are:
- Saturday, April 16, 2016 10AM - St. Mark’s Church - Father Leonard Hall, West St. Pittsfield
- Monday, May 9, 2016 7PM - St. Mark’s Church - Father Leonard Hall, West St. Pittsfield
- Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 6:30PM - Morningside Community School, Burbank St Pittsfield
- Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30PM - Morningside Community School, Burbank St. Pittsfield
- Monday, June 6, 2016 - 7PM-St. Mark’s Church - Father Leonard Hall, West St Pittsfield
Save the Date!
Drum and Bugle Corp competition will be held July 3, 2016 at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA. Keep checking back for more information soon!
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