Herkimer parade set to step off

Eric Monnat

The Herkimer Bicentennial Parade Committee, put together for the sole purpose of putting the parade together, is getting ready for its big day on Saturday.

The parade committee had a meeting Wednesday night to go over final assignments and preparations.

“I sure am looking forward to the parade,” said Parade Coordinator Katie Nichols.

Grand marshal of the parade will be Vernon Lee Sr., a former principal at L.W. Bills School on North Washington Street. Lee turned 100 last December.

Hank Brown, a 50-year radio veteran, will announce the parade from the reviewing stand, which will be on State Street by Cole Muffler.

All restaurants along the parade route have been invited to provide refreshments either inside or outside of their establishments.

MOVAC and Rural Metro are providing emergency support and there will be first aid stations along the route as well as a bike patrol.

Route 5 will be closed at 7 a.m. on Saturday to begin setting up the review stand. All other streets on the parade route will close at 9:30 a.m.

Parking will be available at Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy, Basset Health Care, the VFW and across from the VFW, the Netti lot on the corner of Smith and William Street and at South Field on Marginal Road. Handicapped parking will be available at Folts Homes.

The parade is expected to last around two hours and intersections will begin to reopen at approximately 3 p.m.

There will be a post-parade event in Myers Park. There will be musical entertainment, rides, a food court and other things going on.

A fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at Harmon Field.

New Horizons Productions of Utica will record the parade and DVDs will be available a few weeks after the parade.

Nichols thanked all of the people who helped put the parade together, including all of the village departments, the groups and people who gave input and the parade committee.

“We couldn't have done this without them,” said Nichols.

She added she is hoping for great weather on Saturday.