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Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade: Division 1

On Saturday afternoon (May 25) the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was held in downtown Erie, PA.   The parade is one of many events to be held as part of Erie’s Perry 200 Commemoration that honors the 200th Anniversary of Commodore Oliver Perry’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812.  The 1.8 mile parade route traveled east on 12th Street from Cherry to 3rd and State Street through downtown Erie.  This historic parade featured more than 20 bands, numerous floats, several marching units, antique cars, giant helium-filled cartoon and patriotic balloons and more.  The Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was the largest and most diverse celebration ever seen on the streets of Erie!

There were  nine parade divisions — one division for each of the nine American vessels that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813.  I will showcase photographs from each division in nine separate blog posts.  This blog post showcases photographs from Division 1.

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 112th Regiment, of Cambridge Springs, carried an American flag measuring 60 feet long and 30 feet wide.

The Giant American Flag was followed by armored vehicles from the Pennsylvania National Guard unit.

 

Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club

Jefferson Educational Society Float

the Preston Scout House Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, of Cambridge, Ontario

the Preston Scout House Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, of Cambridge, Ontario

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Float

Scooby Doo Balloon

Scooby Doo Balloon

a Wells Fargo & Co. replica stagecoach

Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade: The Opening

On Saturday afternoon (May 25) the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was held in downtown Erie, PA.   The parade is one of many events to be held as part of Erie’s Perry 200 Commemoration that honors the 200th Anniversary of Commodore Oliver Perry’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812.  The 1.8 mile parade route traveled east on 12th Street from Cherry to 3rd and State Street through downtown Erie.  This historic parade featured more than 20 bands, numerous floats, several marching units, antique cars, giant helium-filled cartoon and patriotic balloons and more.  The Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was the largest and most diverse celebration ever seen on the streets of Erie!

Bob and I walked down to Perry Square at 10:00 am that morning.

Perry Square Fountain

As you can see it was a gorgeous day for a parade.

Don’t let the blue skies, though, fool you.  It was a cool day, as evidenced by the attire worn by parade spectators.

 

The parade didn’t begin until 1:00 pm, but parade spectators showed up well in advance to get a good place from which to view the parade.

We listened to the Erie Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps at Perry Square, as it was warming up for the parade.

 

At approximately 1:15 pm the Erie Thunderbirds performed opening ceremonies at Perry Square.

As I mentioned earlier, the parade began at 1:00 pm.  The start of the parade did not reach Perry Square until approximately 1:40 pm, with Brett Fallon leading the Erie Flash Mob and Dance Elite* Performance Company with music by The Groove.

The Groove

Some of the dancers

Bob took the video of the Erie flash mob, while I took still photographs.

This is where Bob stood, while he videotaped the Erie Flash Mob, as it passed by Perry Square.

 

The man standing by Bob is Chris.  We met him at the parade.  He is now my Facebook friend.  I stood even higher than Bob and Chris, while I took still photographs of the Erie Flash Mob.  I gave my spot to Chris, after photographing the Erie Flash Mob.  I didn’t particularly feel comfortable standing a couple feet above ground, leaning against a pole for stability and balance, on a small piece of concrete!  Chris ended up standing up there for 3 1/2 hours!   Bob and I didn’t stay at Perry Square for the duration of the parade.  We watched the parade from various points between Perry Square and 10th and State Street.

There were nine parade divisions — one division for each of the nine American vessels that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813.  I will showcase photographs from each division in nine separate blog posts.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bob and I spent the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day in Erie, PA.  The main event of the weekend was Erie’s 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

At approximately 1:00 pm, in preparation for the parade, State Street at W 10th Street was barricaded to prevent the flow of traffic.

 

The parade commenced at 2:00 pm.  All photographs in the slideshow that follows were taken from the comfort of our hotel room at the Avalon Hotel.   Our fifth floor room offered a good view of the State Street / W 10th Street intersection.

Bob and I enjoyed the parade very much.  It was the first time that either Bob or I had watched a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Our Fourth of July

We spent our Fourth of July holiday pretty much the same as most other Americans — we watched a parade, shared a picnic with family and friends and watched a fireworks display.

Bob and I watched Warren’s annual Fourth of July parade. We arrived in downtown Warren around 10:15 AM and found a good spot to sit at the intersection of Hickory Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The parade started at 11:00 AM and was still going on at 1:40 PM, when we left for home.

The smell was divine when this BBQ float passed by!

Fireman

My first thought was how tiring it must be for this man to walk 2 miles. Then I realized it was a costume of a man made to look like he was carrying someone. What a GREAT costume!

The intersection of Hickory Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
provided a great vantage point for watching the parade.

Preston Scout House Alumni Band

I have a few Canadian friends who read my blog. I photographed the Preston Scout House Alumni Band for my Canadian friends. The band was EXCELLENT!
**Heather and Tom – I believe Cambridge is located very near to where you live.**
**Peggy – You were so correct when you wrote in your blog “we help the US celebrate the 4th of July!”**

The ever popular Zem Zem Hornets

“Bonehead”

A parade wouldn’t be complete without a clown. There were several clowns in this year’s parade.

The morning started out cloudy, breezy and cool. The clouds gave way to blue sky and bright, hot sunshine. We were in downtown Warren almost 4 hours, one hour before the parade and about 3 hours watching the parade. I put suntan lotion on my arms but didn’t think to put it on my face. OH Boy! Is my face (and lips!) ever sunburned and painful!

We spent a couple hours, after coming home from the parade, making final preparations for our Fourth of July picnic. We had a good turnout — 18 in all, counting Bob and me. Everyone seemed to have a good time. I know Bob and I enjoyed having everyone over to our house for a picnic.

Bob, grilling burgers

the food line

Later in the evening, after everyone had gone home, Bob went for a motorcycle ride. I was tired and felt a bit ill (too much sun?), so I stayed home. Bob ended up in Saybrook, near Sheffield, where he watched a fireworks display with his daughter, Stacey, and her boyfriend, Mike. Bob said the fireworks display, which was privately funded, was very good.

I hope that your Fourth of July was every bit as pleasant as ours.

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