Your Massena 2002 Bicentennial
|Official Announcements of the Massena, N.Y. 2002 Bicentennial!|
AND FOOD VENDORS NEEDED FOR MASSENA BICENTENNIAL
The Massena Bicentennial Family Festival Committee are currently
searching for Craft Show and Food Concession participants for one of the
largest events of the Bicentennial Celebration If
you have a craft or food concession business and would like to be
involved in this “Once In A Lifetime” celebration please
let us know of your interest. July
13th and 14th, 2002 there will be a craft show located at the Massena
Central High School open fields and the high school gym.
JULY 13 PARADE PLANS COMING TOGETHER
The biggest parade in Massena’s history is shaping up nicely, according to Massena Bicentennial Parade Committee Chair Paul Haggett of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce. A group of dedicated community representatives have been meeting and planning the grand parade for many months late at night in the conference room of the Chamber offices. Interest in floats, bands, marching contingents of corporate or civic organizations and some specialty attractions has been tremendous.
Saturday, July 13th at 11AM is when folks from Massena and the region will strut their stuff from the staging area at Madison Elementary School, down the length of Main Street to Harte Haven Shopping Center where it will disband allowing easy access to the Bicentennial Family Festival at the Massena High School campus. Float and band judging will be in front of the Town and Village Offices on Main Street.
The theme of "Celebrating our Past, Building our Future" will set the tone for the huge parade. Marchers, floats and bands will create five divisions appropriately named in honor of the natural water resources of the Massena area - The St. Lawrence Division, The Grasse Division, The Raquette Division, The Long Sault Division and the Robinson Bay Division. Haggett is quick to add that any organization is welcome to submit applications for floats or marching contingents. "This is a celebration of Massena. We are encouraging the entire community to get involved."
The Bicentennial Committee found experts and parade veterans alike within our community who came forward to help with the parade committee. Ogdensburg Seaway Festival Parade organizer, Chris Cole, was contracted to oversee the bands and band judging. Chris’ expertise in band contacts, regulations and judging has proved invaluable to the committee. He has been able to secure top quality professional and school bands of all levels to enter the parade lineup. Drum corps, pipe bands and high school bands from Northern New York, Canada and beyond will compete for scored excellence and prizes during the parade. Cole told the committee he is still waiting for a definite commitment, but has keen interest, from a Caribbean Steel Drum band and a couple world-class military bands to come to Massena.
The response for floats has been incredible as well. Kathleen Kelly of Stellar Marketing Solutions, volunteered her experience of serving nearly 20 years on the committee that coordinated and judged floats for the Annual Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade near her hometown. Kelly has embraced her adopted hometown of Massena, and reported to the committee that the applications have been coming in steadily. Both civic and private organizations have sent in registrations as well as a number of corporate floats which will include great fun and entertainment. A team of local industry and community leaders will score and judge the floats for prizes as they stream down Main Street. Applications for floats can be picked up at the Chamber office or at the Massena Town Clerk’s office.
Operational logistics and arranging details are being expertly planned with veteran parade organizers Allen "Slim" Vantine, Brad Chapman, Merrill Bell, Andy Harvey and Brent Dougherty who lend years of Massena parades experience to the committee.
Paul Haggett reminds us that July is right around the corner. He said, "Now is the time to get your entry in to the committee. We want everyone to come out on July 13th! There is still plenty of room - can you just imagine this parade stretching nearly the full length of Main Street and beyond? What a great way to celebrate our Bicentennial."