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Town of Chelmsford 4th of July Parade – Saturday, July 4, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Starting at McCarthy Junior High – Ending at Summer Street

Parade is 2 miles long.

Committee Members:  Tom Boucher, Amanda Camerano, Paul Cohen,  Hank Hamelin, Jeff Hardy, Chuck Marcella, Lynn Marcella, Rich McLaughlin, Brian Reidy, Karen Reidy, Rick Romano, Donna Sargent, Dan Silvia, and Arline Wood

Parade Marshal:  Matt Scott from Chelmsford Telemedia

Singer at Start of the Parade:  Brian Henderson

Raffle:  Tickets have been sent to every home in Chelmsford.  If you have not received them you can get them at Northern Bank on Littleton Road.

We have our cash raffle with prizes of:  First - $1,655.00; Second - $500.00; and Third – Five (5) cash prizes of $100.00.  Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 10 for $10.00.

Also, our Sports Extravaganza raffle which gives the winner two tickets for each of the following:  Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, New England Revolution also, four tickets for the Lowell Spinners and four tickets for the River Hawks!

Sponsors to Date:  Chelmsford Business Association, Chelmsford Lumber Company, Dolan Funeral Home, Enterprise Bank, Ferreira Towing, Harrington Wine & Liquors, Lockheed Martin, Lowell Five, Northern Bank, Charles Parlee Farm, Republic Services, 3E Moving, Trinity EMS, Waste Management

Summer Banners:  Between Chelmsford Center, Vinal Square and Drum Hill we have hung 64 Summer Banners.  Please be sure to take a look at them and thank those who have been our sponsors!

Some of the Bands and Entertainment:  Acton Minutemen, Lexington Minutemen, Chelmsford Minutemen, Chelmsford Community Band, Italian American Band, Sons of Italy, Spartans Drum & Bugle, Hot Tamale Brass Band (plays at all Red Sox Home Games on Lansdown Street!), Stuart Highlanders, Prime Time Brass Band, Worcester Kelties, Spirit of America, Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums, Rick Laramore – aka:  Rod Stewart.  We will also have children’s characters roaming throughout the parade, the Roaming Railroad, the Lowell Spinners train, Wally the Green Monster from the Boston Red Sox, Pat Patriot from the New England Patriots, a Sherman Tank and Half Track from the Collings Foundation.

Floats:  Prize money to the four (4) top floats, each will receive $300.00.  The prizes are called:  Red, White, Blue and Committee’s Choice.  The judges this year will be from the Littleton 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee. 

For applications and more information check out our web site:  www.chelmsfordparade.org

E-mail address:  chelmsfordparade@aol.com

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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


"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