City Memorial Day parade planned

A member of the Pleasant Square Fire Department waves to the crowd during the annual Gloversville Memorial Day Parade last year. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — City streets will fill with marchers, bands, fleets of vehicle, floats and spectators on Monday at 9:30 a.m. when the annual Gloversville Memorial Day Parade steps off.

Again this year the classic procession that area residents and visitors have known for nearly 80 years will help usher in the summer season with the annual Memorial Day Parade featuring approximately six divisions with 55 to 60 units followed by a memorial service and placement of wreaths at the Soldiers and Sailors monument.

The parade will feature police officers, firefighters, ambulance services, marching bands, boy and girl scout troops, sports leagues, dance troops, community groups, a variety of vehicles, Bag Pipes of Schenectady and more.

“We have all sorts of variety,” Gloversville Parade Committee Chairman Michael Perrella said Tuesday.

Perrella and members of the parade committee are putting the finishing touches on the parade before the lineup is announced late this week.

The annual parade is the culmination of months of planning work by volunteers calling groups, organizations and bands inviting them to participate, placing flags at veterans’ graves, preparing the lineup and organizing participants before the parade steps off.

“It’s not just one person,” Perrella said with gratitude. “I have a variety of men and women helping out.”

Volunteers with the parade committee and the Gloversville Women’s Alumni Club worked over the past week to place thousands of miniature American flags at the graves of veterans across the city and will soon complete this work at Ferndale Cemetery.

“The cemeteries look so nice after we put the flags out,” Perrella said.

Flags and any fees for participating bands during the parade are paid for entirely through donations from the community.

“The people have really supported what we do,” Perrella said.

The fact that so many people have a hand in making the parade a success from donors, volunteers, marchers and spectators is fitting for a day of remembrance that Perrella says is for everyone.

“It’s a day of remembrance for people who died in war but also for all of your loved ones who’ve left us,” Perrella said. “It’s a lot of reflection, we don’t want to forget people, not just the veterans, everyone.”

It’s also a day for making new memories enjoying the day out with friends and loved ones at the parade or at a cookout afterwards, Perrella said, and the weather on Monday should be good for both.

“For the weekend it looks really good. Trust me, I’ve been keeping an eye on it,” Perrella said.

The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with the memorial service to follow at the Soldiers and Sailors monument in the old Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The parade route will start at the Price Chopper on North Main Street traveling south. The parade will then turn left onto Sixth Avenue, making a right onto Kingsboro Avenue, then right onto Fulton Street ending at the cemetery entrance.