August 29, 2014

Parade shows town spirit

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The parade begins at 10 a.m. along Route 2 in the village. (Observer photo by Dave Schmidt)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

As Williston’s Fourth of July festivities approach, Recreation Director Kevin Finnegan encouraged residents to show their local pride in the “best neighborhood” float competition.

The neighborhood floats are always “some of the most interesting to watch,” he said.

Participation has flagged in recent years, and Finnegan said he would like to see the category’s former popularity restored. The winning neighborhood gets a block party thrown by the town and Williston-Richmond Rotary, including food and entertainment.

“We’d love to see some competition from some neighborhoods, particularly some that haven’t participated before,” Finnegan said. “It’s fun for us to get out there and do the block party for them.”

The parade is set to begin on July 4 at 10 a.m. and runs along Route 2, from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Road.

Anyone planning to march in the parade should arrive by at least 9 a.m. To sign up, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 878-1239.

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