Doins parade gathers a great crowd
NORTHVILLE — With the heat wave just over, the annual Northville Independence Day parade was packed with onlookers–lots of children — on a sunny day Saturday.
“I just like the people, the excitement,” said Regina Richardson of Northville, but Ava Daum, a village girl who was with her, ranked “getting the candy” thrown by parade participants as her top interest.
The Northville Central School marching band played at the reviewing stand shortly after the parade began while the Village Volunteers fife and drum corps of Delmar entertained near the end. This pleased Northville resident Cathy Hayner who said she liked hearing the bands more than anything else.
A surprise event was the flyovers by a C130 Hercules cargo plane from the 109th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard in Glenville, which zoomed twice over Main Street. Parade master of ceremonies Ret. U.S. Army Col. Sean P. Sullivan of Northville said afterward that it took some time to get the plane for the event because of its busy schedule supplying scientific enterprises in Antarctica during the summer. Sullivan told parade-goers that the plane is the only C130 which can land on skis.
The color guard from the Robert L. Walsh American Post 337 of Broadalbin led the parade, followed by grand marshals Joyce and Steve Teshoney of Adirondack Country Store in Northville. The store won the 2018 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Following that were cars with Miss Fulton County Chelsea Cirillo and her retinue, Miss FC Outstanding Teen Hailee Waddle and Miss FC Princess Riley Meredith and Miss Montgomery County Sara James with Miss MC Princesses Olivia Greco and Kaitlin Wigginton.
Older car buffs must have been pleased with seeing those autos in two of the three parade divisions.
Scouting was represented by Boy Scout Troop 5355 of Northville carrying an American flag horizontally and Edinburg Girl Scout Troop 2090 with their Whimsical Reef float that took second place in the judging.
First-place winner was the Torrance Fish float with a man snagging a huge fish. Third place was a tie between the Northville High School class of 1968 50th reunion float, which had a patriotic and Under the Sea theme, and Lexington Center’s float, which had a Poseidon theme.
Area fire, police and rescue companies were represented. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino encouraged youngsters to pet his police dog. Military vehicles were in the parade, including a 1997 Army troop-transport truck being used by Zack’s Adirondack Detailing company.
Very tall Mortal Beasts and Deities stilt dancers bent very low to children.
“It’s all for the kids,” said Jeff Blacha of Gloversville, who came with Cortney Skiff and children Sydney and Wesley Skiff, all of Johnstown. “Wesley had a great time last year.”
A similar sentiment was expressed by Rosemarie Urban of Broadalbin. “I think it’s great they give out so much candy to the kids,” she said.
Sean Sullivan was the DJ at the parade, and the judges were Sue Sedon, Phil and Kim Schuler and Kevin Donovan.
The parade is part of the village’s Doins celebration, sponsored by Northville Civic. Doins continues today noon to 5 p.m. with rides and vendors. After dark, Sport Island Pub, 108 Riverside Drive, will host a fireworks display over the Great Sacandaga Lake.