Doin’ Up the Parade

NORTHVILLE – With Mother Nature providing sunny skies and a cooling breeze, the Northville Parade made its way through the village before a packed crowd of hundreds of people Saturday.

Families came decked out in red, white and blue to pick out prime spots along Main Street. Kids collected candy by the handful as it was tossed out of the vehicles that made their way down the parade line.

More than 30 different units marched during this year’s parade.

This year’s event saw vintage cars, the Boy Scouts carrying a large American flag, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts with water guns, area fire departments blaring their horns, and bagpipers and drummers.

Lexington Center’s Adirondack-themed float took home this year’s prize for Best Theme Float. It featured a variety of taxidermic animals from the Wildlife Museum, including wolves and a bear.

In second place, the Adirondack Wild, Wild Saloon float, created by Sacandaga Park staff, performed a mock gun fight routine, complete with saloon dancers that garnered cheers from the crowd.

Timeless Tavern’s third-place entry got some help from the crowd during its cowboy-themed dance routine. Several people in the audience joined the dancers to perform to a song medley.

John Ferguson of Northville said this year’s parade was the best he had ever seen in the village. He said he thought this years event was well orchestrated, and he enjoyed the variety of floats.

“I think it was all terrific,” Ferguson said.

Barbara Sperry and Chris Edwards helped organize the event. Both said they were very happy with how the event turned out.

“I believe this is probably the most unique and special parade in the U.S.,” Sperry said.

Edwards said people were setting up chairs to watch the parade as early as 9 a.m. He said it was wonderful to see the kids who came to the event having a great time laughing and smiling.

“I can’t be any prouder,” Edwards said of the event.

Sperry said she loved seeing both children and 90-year-old veterans represented in the parade.

“It brings the young and old together,” she said.

Before and after the parade events, people got to check out the Northville Doin’s at the waterfront park in the village.

The two-day event featured a variety of booths, including some that marched in the parade; live music; food and games.

This year’s event featured a zip line ride. A large inflatable jousting area was also a popular draw with both kids and adults.

At dusk, fireworks were scheduled to light up the night sky over the village, bringing an end to the festivities.