PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee is looking for help to meet its fundraising goal for this year's parade.

The Parade Committee has raised $16,530 toward its goal of $85,000. This year's parade theme is "America The Beautiful, Land That I Love."

Since the parade returned in 1978 under the direction of the independent, nonprofit parade committee, it has grown to 140 marching units featuring local and regional bands, spectacular floats and military veterans organizations and has been viewed by tens of thousands of people along the parade route and on local community television.

The deadline for parade participation applications has been extended to June 1.

The parade will begin at the intersection of South and West Housatonic streets at 10 a.m. on July 4.

The participants will march straight from South Street to North Street via the southbound lane and proceed from North to Wahconah Street, ending at Wahconah Park.

Parade donations will be accepted through Paypal on the website, pittsfieldparade.com, or by mailing a check to Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Committee, P.O. Box 1738, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Today's donations: A wonderful tradition!...............................$25

America Strong from the Haines Family Strong 50

Anonymous 25

Bill and Harriet Hunt 25

Brian Wise 25

Charles A.


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Persip Post 68 American
Legion 100

Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP 300

Connie Metall 25

EDM Services, Inc. 150

For John - Priscilla 30

Grace Ross 40

Hayden Bradley 50

Hi Neighbor 25

Hunter, Taggart, Maguire, Caroline,
Cooper & Violet 25

Jack and Elizabeth Lott 25

Jim and Pat Mazzeo 25

Jim Armstrong 25

Joanne Barker 25

Looking forward to summer and a great
4th of July! Walt & Elaine LaPierre 25

Mark and Marie Matthews 25

Parade fan 25

Pat Woodlock 100

Paul and Louise VanLoon 25

Quality Printing Company Inc. 300

Ray Murray Inc. 50

Sara Pollard 25

St. Charles Church 100

Thanks for all you do to keep this
wonderful tradition alive. I've been
enjoying the parade for 50 years. Jane 50

The Lane Construction Corp. 750

Tony and Diane Simonelli 25

Tyler Restaurant Inc. 50

Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry 750

In memory of:

Armand Quadrozzi 25

Betty O'Connor 25

Dolores Crocker 30

In loving memory of my beautiful wife
Cathy Procopio, who loved watching the
annual parade - Love Husband Paul 25

Loving memory of grandson Alex Bashara 25

Paul Nixon - Love from his family 30

Russel H. White 50

Today's total: $3,505

Total year to date: $16,530

Needed to reach goal: $68,470