Niagara Gazette


June 29, 2013

LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Parade confirms we're all in step


Niagara Gazette — The proof of this melting-pot pudding steps off next Thursday about 9:30 a.m., our nearly unique town parade, inspired by the Kennedy family more than 50 years ago, patterned after their own New England hometown. (Different Kennedy’s). People may be setting up chairs right now. Almost anybody who isn’t in the parade will be watching it. Some with lower numbers manage both.

We have fire trucks galore, a few marching bands, Irish dancers, twirlers, dogs, clowns (other than Town officials, usually good-naturedly jeered) and the occasional jet boat. As sometime participants we can confirm that there’s nothing like hearing that reclusive gent across the street cry out, “Hey, that’s my neighbor!”

Generally, it runs about two hours, and most then head home for partying and picnicking. We have never, ever, seen an incident beyond reckless bicycling. We are one and proud of it, and not only on the Fourth of July.

Come visit. Bring a flag and a folding chair.

Contact Polly and Doug at

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