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 $53,888 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 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.

The donations:

The Book Shelf $50

Clyde & Lorry 25

Great day for a parade and a run 25

Anonymous 50

Anonymous 50

MaryAnn Minella 25

Manpower 100

N. Ruffer 25

Virginia E.


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Sacco 25

Anonymous 25

Anonymous 50

Joe and Mary Jane Handler 100

Mary Horton 25

From: Bill and Suzanne 25

Anonymous 100

Don and Mary DeBlieux 100

Christopher & Colleen Brazeau Scituate, Mass. We love your parade 30

Happy 4th Nancy & Ray 25

Congratulations Father Peter on your 40th anniversary of your Ordination of Priesthood - 7/7/73 - 7/7/13 - Nancy & Ray 25

Tom and Rose Marie Daly 25

From: Willie the Parade-Loving Husky 25

Jaylie & Angelo Borsello & Brayden Ash 25

Ray & Ann Callahan 25

Tony & Ivone Dalmaso and Deisiane Torres 30

Pat & Warren Archey 25

Stretch - Shorty & Daisy Mae 25

Anonymous 25

Anonymous 50

James & Dorothy Kelly 50

Marilyn Sheehan 20

Don & Betsy Retallick & Family 50

V. Boswell 25

Grampies 50

Dick & Linda Murphy 25

Tanya, Eddie & Tommy Mullin 50

Catharine Deely 50

Gene Dellea 100

Ruth & Ralph Gutmann 25

Romano & Mary Frattarola 25

Thanks for all your hard work - Louis & B.J. 30

In memory of:

Irene C. Carrow from John and Mary Ellen Donna 30

Glen Bean from Betsy Bean 50

Paul Houle - your family 100

Bob Boxer, he loved the parade! 25

In loving memory of my husband, Frank Dixon, love Ardath 25

The members of the Campbell, Gregory & Noonan families, Love Nancy & Ray 25

Our brother Greg and cousins T.J. Varanka and Stan Wojtkowski, Love Nancy & Ray 25

Albert J. Litano from his family 50

Gram and Melissa. We miss you, Dan and Em 25

My daughter Nancy Wright Baumann. Miss you "Nanc."
Love, Mom 25

Our grandpa, love Jessica, Josh and Sarah 100

Wife Joan McNiece 25

Today's total: $2,140

Total year to date: $53,888

Needed to reach goal: $31,112