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The Montour Falls Fire Department color guard and band march down Main Street.
MONTOUR FALLS, June 11 -- The 61st annual Montour Falls Fire Department Parade of
Bands was held Saturday under sunny skies and warm temperatures that attracted a large crowd along both sides of Main Street in Montour Falls.
A total of 24 fire units and 10 bands, along with about 30 other entrants (floats, vintage cars, antique tractors and others) entertained the crowd. The parade -- a highlight of the final day of the annual Fire Department carnival -- took more than an hour to complete.
Participating fire departments included:
Montour Falls, Elmira Heights, Enfield, Odessa, Burdett, Wayne, Fairport, Tyrone, Hammondsport, Van Etten, Millport, Watkins Glen, Beaver Dams, Dundee, Branchport, Pine City, South Corning, Shortsville, Hornby, Mecklenburg, Newfield, North Corning, Lodi, and Valois-Logan-Hector.
High school bands included Addison, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Jasper-Troupsburg, and Corning-Painted Post, which boasted 280 members including baton and flag twirlers.
The emcee, as he has been for years, was Jim Howell. When the parade was completed, many of the spectators walked over to the nearby firemen's carnival field for the final day of the annual Firemen's Festival there.
Photos in text:
Top: The Pine City Fire Department was one of two dozen such units on hand.
A member of the Fairport Fire Department band marches along Montour's Main Street.
Vintage cars were among the highlights of the Montour Falls Firemen's Parade.
Left: Theresa Philbin, candidate for Schuyler County Clerk. Right: A girl waves from one of the parade vehicles.
Left: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. Right: Boy Scout Troop 50 marches up Main Street.
Dundee Central School was represented by a Symphonic Steel Drum Band.
In addition to tractors, cars, floats, fire trucks and bands, the parade featured horses. (Photo by Susan Bleiler)
The 280-member Corning-Painted Post High School band stretches along Main Street.
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