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
Bill and Harriet Hunt 25
Brian Wise 25
Charles A. Persip Post 68 American
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