Gloversville remembers with Memorial Day Parade

GLOVERSVILLE – The sound of drums, fifes and fire sirens filled Kingsboro Avenue on Monday as the annual Memorial Day parade greeted the holiday.

People lined the sidewalks all the way down Kingsboro Avenue by 9:30 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., the procession began down near Sixth Avenue and North Main Street. All the way near East Fulton Street and the Prospect Hill Cemetery, the parade did not appear in view until 10:30 a.m.

Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Michael Ponticello, holding a party at a friend’s place on Kingsboro Avenue, said he was having a good time.

“I’m born and raised in Gloversville, and I’ve been coming to this parade for over 50 years,” Ponticello said.

Kelly and Travis Masi of Johnstown said they came out to enjoy the weather and see the parade, a regular tradition for the two.

“It is definitely the weather that got us out here,” Travis Masi said.

The weather, sunny and bright with a cool wind, was a welcome change from the last week’s rain and cold temperatures.

“People are just sick of the rain and winter,” Charlie Potter, 4th Ward supervisor for the city, said.

Firefighters from several local fire departments, marching bands from the Oppenheim-Ephratah, Johnstown and Mayfield school districts, and local businesses and churches joined in the festivities.

Katie McCumber of Canajoharie said she comes to the parade with her family every year. McCumber, who grew up in the city, said 15 or 20 members of the family take up a small section of the street.

“We come back every year. Same corner, just to bring us all together,” McCumber said.