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Mother Nature sure cooperated with The Chelmsford Parade Committee’s Town of Chelmsford 47th Annual 4th of July Parade which was held on Friday, July 4, 2014. Severe thunder storms were forecasted and the sky looked very threatening… but we were lucky and the rain held off until the parade and raffle were over!!
We had an incredible group of bands, marchers, fire trucks, antique vehicles and floats! We are already booking bands and planning for 2015!!
Our incredible team of members who are appointed by the Town Manager included: Tom Boucher, Jim Cullen, Hank Hamelin, Jeff Hardy, Kathy Kelley, Chuck Marcella, Lynn Marcella, Rich McLaughlin, Brian Reidy, Rick Romano, Deb Trask and Arlene Wood. Thanks to our Town Manager Paul Cohen who is a great help coordinating everything we need with the Town. In addition, we had other volunteers who helped with all the planning and the day of the parade. Some of these included: Carol Cullen, Marian Currier, Angelique Eliopoulos, Cameron Lynch, Lisa Lynch, Deb Murphy, Karen Reidy, Kinsey Rosene, Louise Tremblay and many other volunteers who helped the day of the parade.
We appreciate the following who were sponsors of this year’s parade: Red Sponsors: Chelmsford Business Association, Dolan Funeral Home, Enterprise Bank, Lockheed Martin, Lowell Five, Northern Bank & Trust Company and Republic Services; White Sponsor: Harrington Wine & Liquors; Blue Sponsors: 3E Moving & Storage, Chelmsford Lumber Company, Eastern Bank, Ferreira’s Towing, Parlee Horse Farm – South Chelmsford, Trinity EMS, Waste Management and Workers Credit Union. 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. If you were not able to be there, watch their schedule to see re-runs… truly a great show!!
Our Parade Marshal this year was Leonard W. Doolan III – an honor that he truly deserves!
Our singer at the start of the parade was recent CHS graduate Kate Burgess who did an incredible job!
Our Sports Extravaganza Raffle winner was: Eugene and Nancy Dziczek. They received two “premium seat tickets” to the following: Patriot’s game, Celtics game, Red Sox game, Bruins game and New England Revolution game.
Cash Raffle winners were: First prize: $1,655.00 – Gail Tassi; Second prize: $500.00 – Michael Paquette; and five (5) prizes of $100.00 each went to: Carol St. Germain, Annalee Chambless, Ashley M. Taylor, Jim Warren and the Page Family.
Float winners were: Christopher’s Towing, Countryside Veterinary Hospital, Cub Scout Pack 45 and Cub Scout Pack 81. The winning floats each received a $300.00 prize. Special thanks to our friends from the Littleton Parade Committee who served as judges for our floats!!
We are already planning the 2015 parade and welcome your participation. Get your family, friends, business or neighborhood together and build a float!! We also encourage you to submit names of people from Chelmsford who you think would deserve to be our Parade Marshal.
Thanks again, Chelmsford, we look forward to the “2015 - 48th Annual 4th of July Parade”!!
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
"The Great American 4th of July"
DVD's of the documentary are available at the Chelmsford Copy Center in Parlmont Plaza for $10 each. You'll probably laugh, shed a tear, and enjoy seeing many people from town. This is a fantastic documentary produced and directed by Fred Barzyk about our town's Independence Day celebrations.
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