GLENS FALLS — The expression goes that everybody loves a parade, and Dave Collins of American Legion Post 233 believes that 2018 calls for a special one.
“It’s the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I-Armistice Day,” he said. “It also happens to be the 75th anniversary of Look magazine’s designation of Glens Falls as Hometown U.S.A.”
To celebrate those milestones, Collins is organizing a parade for Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m., the day before Veterans Day. He is reaching out to veterans organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters from Warren County, Washington County and northern Saratoga County, as well as first responders and school bands, to participate.
He is trying to keep the parade to those groups specifically.
The route would be the same as the Memorial Day parade, along Maple Avenue to Glen Street, north to Fire Road and concluding at Crandall Park, according to Collins. He has already received the city’s blessing.
He said a local lawyer, Dennis Tarantino, has donated the use of his wrap-around front porch at the corner of Glen Street and Harrison Avenue to use as a viewing area for Gold Star families and local dignitaries.
A week before the parade he plans to hang a banner over Glen Street, reading “Thank You for Your Service” and reminding people of the parade the following week.
Other details, such as a grand marshal, remain to be determined, Collins said.
“If this all comes together, like I hope it will, we’ll be doing it every year,” he said.
People interested in participating are asked to contact Collins at 518-791-0188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.