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 $58,005 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 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 Algerio's $25

In honor of Mary O'Brien 10

Nick, Margie, John & Ann Ruggeri 25

Covanta 1,000

Wellington Funeral Home 100

Alice J. King 25

Mr. & Mrs.


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Thomas Balardini 25

Let Freedom Ring! MMH 25

From Alison Horth 25

Dick & Catherine Roberts 25

Anonymous 25

Anonymous 30

Leo & Barbara Fiorini 25

In honor of my Dad, a WWII Veteran,
who is privileged to be part of the
parade - Chris 50

Al & Jan Knight 25

IUE Local 254 & 255 Retirees 50

Sam' Sammet 25

Lee and Pat Lester 25

Frank & Annette 25

"Love a Parade" 25

In memory of:

The Norton & Cancilla Families 25

In Loving Memory of Malcolm E. Keeler
from his family 75

Aunt Olive who loved a parade 25

My wife Ruth Melle 25

Charles P. Steele who loved the parade - from his family 25

Charles, Adeline, Elmer, Nelson, Mary &
Robert Ellsworth. We miss you. Betty
& Gene 25

In loving memory of our soldier, Ben Freedman - Nancy & Moe Freedman 25

Donald Bullett, Robert Bullett, Eugene
Bullett, Steven Bullett, Skip Mallory &
Kellie Mallory, we miss you - the Bullett
& Mallory families 25

Marylou Murphy in Memory of Jay 25

Barbara who loved the parade 25

My parents Dominic & Bessie Pupo -
brother Francis Pupo & Husband Edward
F. Slater Sr. 25

Arthur & Loretta Petell 25

Today's total: $1,940

Total year to date: $58,005

Needed to reach goal: $26,995