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Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade

After two-year absence, Pittsfield's Fourth of July Parade returns to great fanfare

Freddie the firecracker float

Carr Hardware's Freddie the Firecracker float marches in the Pittsfield Fourth of July parade on Monday. 

PITTSFIELD — It was an event over two years in the making.

A spirited crowd lined the streets for a parade that ran nearly two hours Monday up North Street. Parade-goers were treated to a procession of elaborate floats, music ranging from fife and drum to “Don’t Stop Believin’” and revelry celebrating American history.

The parade comes after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, it was a return to a decades-long tradition. For others, it was a first.

But for nearly all, the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade offered a welcome return to form for Pittsfield, bringing smiling faces together on a nearly flawless morning.

Here are some of the people we met:

Something personal

Phil Shallies has never marched in a parade before.

On Monday, he was tasked with carrying a banner along the parade’s route. He had help from a friend, Mike Melle. Janie Ray, Shallies' girlfriend of 30 years, was with him every step of the way. But he knows the walk is about more than just himself.

Shallies, a mechanic who restores vintage cars, is blind. He walked on behalf of a cause important to him and for an organization that joined the parade for the first time: the Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind.