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Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019 @ 10:30 amFree
Bring your family to the Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade. Road closures will begin at 10:00 am. The Elm Grove 72nd annual Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Legion entrance to the park and will run about 1.5 hours. The parade will go north on Legion, east on Elmhurst Parkway, south on Church Street, west on Watertown Plank, south on Elm Grove Road and will end at Wall Street.
Don’t forget to join the Kids on Bikes. Each year the Elm Grove Junior Guild starts the parade off with kids on bikes. Any child is invited to patriotically decorate their bicycle, stroller, push-trike, wagon, scooter, etc, and officially start the parade! An adult is required to accompany children <18 for safety purposes and participants will be expected to keep pace with the front banner carriers. Participants in Kids on Bikes will meet at 9:45 am at the rocks near the East entrance to the Elm Grove Village Park.
**Interactive online applications for the parade are open and may be found here. Email additional questions about this year’s parade to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general details, please refer to the 2019 Parade Participation Guide for an idea of what to expect.
Drop Off Location – All drop offs before the parade will be at Elm Grove Park. You must drive north to south on Legion drive. There are two drop off locations. The first location is at the footbridge off of Legion and Elmhurst. The second location is at the flag pole outside of the town hall building. Please access this location through the main park entrance off of Legion. Only vehicles participating in the parade will be allowed to drive past the flag poles. All other vehicles will be directed to exit on Juneau.
Drop Off Time – please arrive between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. (streets will close shortly after this). They suggest that bands, scouts, and other groups meet prior to the parade at one of the local schools (St. Mary’s Visitation or Tonawanda) and walk the short distance to the park together. The parade has been cancelled only twice in its history due to weather. If in doubt, please listen to WZTR (95.7) for information on cancellation.
“In 1947, a unit marched from the Legion to the flag at St. Mary’s for the first Memorial Day Flag Ceremony. The children from the area followed on their bikes. The following year, the Legion held another ceremony at the cemetery on Highland Drive, and again the children joined in on their bikes. The ceremony returned to St. Mary’s in 1949 and in 1950 the Legion decided to not only hold the parade, but offer festivities for the children. Though the Post has moved, the tradition that the American Legion began 69 years ago continues today as a cornerstone event in our community.”
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