Johnstown Memorial Day parade set for Friday

The Gloversville Parade Committee and the Gloversville Women's Alumni Club placed flags at the graves of veterans in the old Prospect Hill Cemetery, pictured Wednesday, and across the city in advance of Monday's Memorial Day Parade. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

JOHNSTOWN — The annual Johnstown Memorial Day Parade is set to step off Friday with clear, summer-like weather. The National Weather Service predicts Friday will have sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday downtown. World War II veteran Alan E. Cole will serve as grand marshal.

The five-division parade will be followed by a Memorial Day service at 7 p.m. at the Sir William Johnson Downtown Park on West Main Street.

The parade will include the usual variety of floats, emergency vehicles, fire department trucks, veterans groups, local societies, politicians, candidates, pageant winners, sports and theater groups, religious participants, and private businesses.

The lineup will begin on East Main Street, between Chase Street and Jansen Avenue. The last unit will line up on South Chase Street, between East Main Street and East State Street.

Peter O’Lucci will serve as master of ceremonies of the program in the park.

Councilman-at-Large Craig Talarico, M/Sgt NYANG (retired), will serve as the main speaker. Mayor Vern Jackson will also speak.

The “Pledge of Allegiance” will be led by John Morris, U.S. Naval Reserve (retired).

Musical selections during the service will be provided by the Johnstown High School Marching Band and Schenectady Pipe & Drum.

Boy Scout Troop 104 will present the wreath.

The Johnstown Police Department Honor Guard will offer a three-shot salute.

The invocation and benediction will be provided by Pastor Robert Walter of the First Baptist Church of Johnstown.

Gloverville’s parade is set for Monday at 9:30 a.m. This year, the National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy skies on Monday with temperatures in the 60s.