PLATTSBURGH — The City of Plattsburgh is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July parade and celebration.
This year’s parade theme is “Local History,” and entries are still welcomed.
“We look forward to the parade entrants and the community enjoying this very patriotic day,” Mayor Donald Kasprzak said.
“Our theme fits in nicely with the upcoming anniversary of the War of 1812, and we always encourage anybody who wants participate to be part of this special day.”
The parade is Wednesday, July 4, with lineup at 12:30 p.m. on Cumberland Avenue near Wilcox Dock.
Marchers will head out at 2 p.m. and will travel down Cumberland Avenue, over the Smith-Weed Bridge to Cornelia Street, then up to Margaret Street to Pine Street, where it will end behind Stafford Middle School.
Cumberland Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. that day. All northbound traffic will be diverted to Durand Street.
The city is asking Cumberland Avenue residents to access the road from the Margaret Street/Cumberland Avenue intersection. Wilcox Dock will be closed that day from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
For safety concerns, the city is asking parade participants to hand out candy instead of throwing it, and parade viewers are asked to not reach into the street for the free treats.
Those interested in entering a float can contact Parade Coordinator Kelly Donoghue at 726-0879 or the mayor’s assistant, Beth Carlin, at 563-7701.
Donoghue said Friday that the number of floats registered for the parade was “in the 20s,” but they would like to sign up more.
“The highest I have seen was one year it was in the 40s,” he said.
Following the Fourth of July parade, the day’s celebration events will begin with live music in Trinity Park, sponsored by radio station Y106.3.
The main show, featuring Eat.Sleep.Funk, will take place at the Lions Club Bandshell at 6 p.m.
The fireworks display, sponsored by Warren Tire, will begin about 9:20 p.m in the downtown area.
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