The Pittsfield Parade Committee has announced the Fourth of July Parade will return this year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
This year's theme, "Back with a Bang," "makes sense," according to Parade Committee President Peter Marchetti in a press release. “... We want to make this particular parade extra special for the community as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for sticking together through this time of difficulty as well as for their tremendous support they’ve shown for previous parades.”
Marchetti said the committee will work with Ray Pulver from Upbeat Parade Productions to add more music groups, entertainment groups and local/national personalities to the parade.
To learn more about the parade, how to volunteer or donate, visit www.pittsfieldparade.com.
Here's a look back at past Fourth of July parades as we prepare for this summer.
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Spectators watch parade
Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, 2019.
Dancers in the parade
The Festival Latino of the Berkshires performs at the reviewing stand during the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, 2019.
The Alert Hose Company of Adams, Mass., marched with an antique pump in the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, 2019.
Berkshire Pride with banner
Berkshire Pride marched in the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, 2019.
Man does cartwheel
Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, 2018.
Spectators under parasols
A good crowd gathered on North Street in Pittsfield for the Fourth of July Parade, 2018.
Runners in the 5k
Runners pass the halfway point during the 5k race before the 2018 Fourth of July Parade.
A bear float
An astronaut bear from Dynamic Displays floats upstreet in the 2018 Fourth of July Parade.
Man inflates float
Geoff Stoyle of Dynamic Displays inflates the patriotic bear balloon before the 2018 Fourth of July Parade in Pittsfield.
Kid with cymbals
Nisaiah Knaggs, 8, focuses on his role using symbols in the drum team during a Youth Alive runthrough for the Fourth of July Parade. The Youth Alive Step, Dance and Drumline practice 2017 Fourth of July Parade on South Atlantic Avenue in Pittsfield, June 28, 2017.
Overhead view of the parade
A view of Park Square and South Street at the beginning of the 2017 Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.
Members of the Pittsfield High School Varsity Cheerleaders march in the 2017 Fourth of July Parade on North Street in Pittsfield.
Miss Cookie Crumple walks in the parade
Miss Cookie Crumple entertains the crowd during the 2017 Fourth of July Parade on North Street in Pittsfield in 2017.
Tony Pastore in a convertible
2016 Parade Grand Marshal Tony Pastore rides up North Street during the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.
Child in a firefighter's hat
Cole Gigliotti, 7, of Stamford, rides on the Alert Hose Company Parade cart, during the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade in 2016.
Kung Fu Panda float kicks the air
Kung Fu Panda, an inflatable 40 feet tall float, is carried over North Street by members of the Polish Falcons, during the 2016 Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.
Cheerleaders in the air
The Berkshire Elite All-Star Cheerleading squad flies high over North Street in the 2015 July Fourth Parade in Pittsfield.
A Liberty Bell float looms high over spectators in the 2015 July Fourth Parade in Pittsfield.
Rain on drum tops
Water dances off of the drums as the Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps of Long Island, N.Y., play in the rainy 2015 July Fourth Parade in Pittsfield.
Kids under umbrellas
Children watch the 2015 July Fourth Parade in Pittsfield from under umbrellas.
Children dance in the rain
The KidZone dance team performs in a very rainy Fourth of July parade in downtown Pittsfield, 2014.
Little girl with a frog umbrella
Jaezsa Bartolotta, 6, takes cover under her umbrella on the Berkshire Elite All Star Cheerleading float before the rainy 2014 Fourth of July parade in downtown Pittsfield.
Clowns play in puddles
Melha Clowns goof off in the puddles at a very rainy 2014 Fourth of July parade in downtown Pittsfield.
Crowd of runners in the rain
Runners take off at the starting line for the 2014 July Fourth 5K road race in Pittsfield.
Girl waves flag
A young girl waves flags while riding on the back of the Here at Home Committee's float during Pittsfield's 2012 Fourth of July Parade.