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CHELMSFORD PARADE COMMITTEE, INC.  - 4TH OF JULY PARADE 2015

The Chelmsford Parade Committee’s Town of Chelmsford 48th Annual 4th of July Parade which was held on Saturday, July 4, 2015.  The weather was overcast and not too hot…  perfect weather for a parade!!  Again this year, we had an incredible group of bands, marchers, fire trucks, antique vehicles and floats!

Our incredible team who is appointed by the town included:   Tom Boucher, Amanda Camerano, Jim Cullen, Hank Hamelin, Jeff Hardy, Paul Hardy, Chuck Marcella, Lynn Marcella, Rich McLaughlin, Brian Reidy, Karen Reidy, Rick Romano, Donna Sargent, Dan Silvia and Arline Wood. Special thanks to Town Manager Paul Cohen who, was a great help with coordinating everything we with the Town.  In addition, other volunteers who helped the day of the parade, included:  Carol Cullen, Marian Currier, John Harrington, Cameron Lynch, Lisa Lynch, Jill Reidy, Steve Simone, Louise Tremblay and many other volunteers, too numerous to name, who carried banners and helped with the parade line-up.  Finally, thanks to Colin Spence and other members of the Chelmsford Police Department for all of their help with traffic coordination, security, etc., the Fire Department and the DPW for their help with preparations for the parade, it is the biggest event in town every year and takes lots of coordination from all involved!!

We very much appreciate the following who were sponsors of this year’s parade: Red Sponsors:  Blake Funeral Home, Charles Parlee Farm – S. Chelmsford, Chelmsford Business Association, Dolan Funeral Home, Enterprise Bank, Lockheed Martin, Lowell Five, Northern Bank & Trust Company and Republic Services; White Sponsors: Harrington Wine & Liquors and Trinity EMS; Blue Sponsors: 3E Moving & Storage, Best Western Plus, Chelmsford Lumber Company, Ferreira’s Towing, The Sun, and Waste Management.  Thanks so very much!!!

We also had wonderful support from our winter and summer banner sponsors!  The summer ones will be up until after Labor Day and we will be selling winter ones shortly thereafter!  Let us know if you are interested in purchasing one.

We worked with Chelmsford Telemedia this year to bring the parade to you on local cable, live streamed!  Our “On Air Talent” was our Parade Committee friend Jim Shannon and Kelley Beatty from Chelmsford Telemedia.  They did an incredible job along with the rest of the staff and crew from Chelmsford Telemedia.  Watch for re-runs of parade!

Our Parade Marshal this year was Matt Scott from Chelmsford Telemedia – an honor that he truly deserves!

Our Hometown Heroes were our retired Police Chiefs and Fire Chiefs.  We were fortunate to have four from each department who represented the Police and Fire Department.  They included Fire Chiefs:  Fred Reid, Bob Hughes, Jack Parow and Mike Curran; Police Chiefs:  Ray McKeon, Armand Caron, Ray McCusker and Jim Murphy.

Our singer at the start of the parade was Brian Henderson who did an incredible job!

Our Sports Extravaganza Raffle winner was:  Steve Gallo

Cash Raffle winners were:  First prize:  $1,655.00 – P. Berndt; Second prize:  $500.00 – Laurie Leahy; and five (5) prizes of $100.00 each went to:  David Driscoll, Alex Lowder, Carrie DeCoste, Elaine Lazarto and Sylvia Kelts.

Float winners were:  Red:  Cub Scout Pack 45; White:  Lowell Humane Society; Blue:  Studio A Dance; and Committee’s Choice: Sarah Joy Foundation.  Special thanks to our friends from the Littleton Parade Committee who served as judges for our floats!!

We have already booked bands for the 2016 parade and welcome your participation.  Get your family, friends, business or neighborhood together and build a float!!  Please submit names of people from Chelmsford who you think would deserve to be our Parade Marshal.  New Committee Members are also needed, would you like to get involved??  Contact us at:  www.chelmsfordparade.org or e-mail: chelmsfordparade@aol.com.

Thanks again, Chelmsford, we look forward to the “2016 - 49th Annual 4th of July Parade”, which will be held on Monday, July 4, 2016.

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The town is asking residents to please wait until July 2nd to put your chairs out on the parade route.  No need to have them out too far in advance... It is a problem for our disabled residents who need to use the sidewalks.


CHELMSFORD PARADE COMMITTEE, INC.

CHELMSFORD 4TH OF JULY PARADE

REGISTRATION:  There will be a registration table at the entrance to the driveway at McCarthy Middle School.  Please have someone in your group stop and register so we know you are there and we can tell you what location you need to be in.

TIME:  Units will begin lining up at 7:00 a.m. at McCarthy Middle School on North Road in Chelmsford.  This is just off the Drum Hill “Rotary” area.  The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. promptly.

PICK-UP SPOT FOR SHUTTLE BUSSES:  Please park your vehicles at the Chelmsford Public Library, the Shops on Summer Street or in front of the old Marshall’s and Stop & Shop buildings.   Busses will be picking up riders along side of the old Marshall’s building on Summer Street.  Busses will be available to take anyone marching in the parade to McCarthy Middle School.   The parade will end at Summer Street in Chelmsford Center so your vehicles will be right there at the end of the parade.

THE LAST BUS: WILL LEAVE SUMMER STREET AT 9:00 A.M.  IF YOU DO NOT GET THE BUS YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE DROPPED OFF BY 9:00 A.M. AS NORTH ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT 9:00 A.M.

PARKING:  There will be no parking at McCarthy Middle School on North Road where the parade begins.  This area is needed to stage the parade and space is very limited for all the units we have.

BAND BUSSES:  Band busses will be allowed to drop band members off at the school and then can proceed to the Summer Street parking areas.  This is where the parade will end so the busses will be convenient for your band members.  The bands will be lined up at the right of McCarthy Middle School between the school and the police station.

FLOATS:  We are requesting that no water guns, hoses, etc. be on any of the floats.  Last year the electronics in a float was ruined, expensive camera equipment was damaged and the inside of a truck had problems with water.  YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WATER DAMAGE.  FLOATS WILL BE INSPECTED BY PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

In order to be eligible for Judging of your float, it must be at McCarthy and totally put together by 9:00 a.m.

Vehicle drivers are responsible for the safety of passengers in the vehicle and on the float.  Floats should have “spotters” on each side of the float watching out for the safety of their passengers.

Please use caution when distributing candy during the parade.  Do not throw candy from vehicles or floats.  Please have designated walkers hand out candy.  We don’t want children running in front of moving vehicles to get candy that is thrown out.

DRINKING WATER:  Generally it is a hot day, please be sure to have “plenty” of drinking water – stay hydrated!!

The Chelmsford Police Department and Parade Officials have complete authority over the parade.

Please take a look at our web site for maps and additional information about the parade.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:

JEFF HARDY -  978-250-8415                                                   BRIAN REIDY - 978-256-1808

LYNN MARCELLA - 978-458-6807


 

Guidelines regarding the distribution of candy and use of water toys in the parade can be found on the parade application to the right. As always we ask for your cooperation in keeping our parade safe and enjoyable for all!

*Remember that the Parade Committee does not handle the booth or common activities for the July 3rd/4th celebration.

Booths & Common Activities - Chelmsford Lions Club: Robert Kelley - 978-226-5767

John Carson 4th of July Road Race - Bob Sullivan - www.sullivanfarmsicecream.com 

Art Festival: Helen Moriarty - 978-251-3971

Celebrations Committee: Robert Kelley - 978-226-5767, Tricia Dzuris - 978-250-5201