GLOVERSVILLE – The sounds of sirens, drums and horns filled the morning air on Kingsboro Avenue Monday as the annual Memorial Day parade observed the holiday.
Hundreds of parents, veterans and children lined the sidewalks. The parade began near Sixth Avenue and North Main Street and made its way along Kingsboro.
While parents waited patiently on their lawn chairs and blankets, children ran around playing as they eagerly awaited candy to be handed out by parade marchers.
Chris Glover of Gloversville brought his 3-year-old son Jack to the parade. Jack was busy playing with sticks until the parade came through.
“I want lots and lots of candy,” the boy said.
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Five-year-old twins Ruth-Ann and Joe Gunnison of Meco were waiting on Kingsboro Avenue in their patriotic Uncle Sam hats.
“I can’t wait to get candy,” Ruth-Ann said.
Her brother was excited to see the fire trucks.
“I like how big and loud they are,” he said.
Dozens of firefighters from several local fire departments brought their biggest trucks to the annual parade.
Bands from the Gloversville, Johnstown and Northville school districts participated in the parade. People representing local businesses, churches and organizations also participated in the parade.
Civil War re-enactors were among the marchers. They periodically stopped to load and fire their rifles into the sky.
The Love City Fellowship had a trailer with a rock band performing on it.
Sir Bills Marching Band members twirled and tossed rifles and flags, matching the timing of the beat.
Girls with the Twin City Twisters assembled a human pyramid. They made the athletic challenge even more difficult when they moved the pyramid several feet along Kingsboro Avenue.
The Glove Theatre had a special float celebrating the theater’s 100 years.
The Gloversville Glamour Girls Society were dressed in their finest hats and attire as they rode on their own float.
The parade featured horses and a miniature pony, and the crowd was treated to a cow painted like the American flag.