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Annual Fourth Of July Parade Attracts Large Crowds

OSWEGO, NY – Families and friends packed both sides of West Bridge Street for Oswego’s 47th Annual 4th of July Parade on Sunday.

The Marching Bucs received a hearty ovation from the crowd.
The Marching Bucs received a hearty ovation from the crowd.

Temperatures flirted with 90 degrees, but a light breeze made it perfect to sit by the side of the road and watch the parade go by.

The parade came up East Bridge Street at 1 p.m. and headed west passing large cheering crowds as it did so.

Many people have been attending the annual parade for years.

For some it is a tradition to arrive several hours before the parade and stake out their favorite spots using lawn furniture and blankets.

A contingent representing historic Fort Ontario was at the front of this year’s parade.
A contingent representing historic Fort Ontario was at the front of this year’s parade.

There is an unwritten parade law that you don’t disturb a location someone has already claimed.

Representatives of Oswego Health’s Sun Patrol passed out sunscreen to help keep people safe in the sun.

The sun patrol was established in 1990 when Nurse Practitioner, Nancy Dowd, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Oswego Hospital at the time, noticed that there were many children coming into the emergency department with severe and sometimes second-degree sun burns following the Fourth of July parade.

Members of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association used in-line skates to march along Bridge Street.
Members of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association used in-line skates to march along Bridge Street.

Trucks, floats, and police cars were aplenty as well as a few marching bands and rock bands.

Among the marching bands were the pride of Oswego the Marching Buccaneers, the CNY Fire and Police Marching Band, and the Island Band.

Many groups threw candy to the crowd, which children dove after with gusto.

Dozens of American flags, courtesy of the VFW, were handed out to highlight the patriotic theme of the day.

The precision driving ability of the men on the mini scooters (Oswego County Shrine Motor Patrol) is always a Fourth of July parade crowd favorite. On Sunday, they slowed down to meet some of their fans.
The precision driving ability of the men on the mini scooters (Oswego County Shrine Motor Patrol) is always a Fourth of July parade crowd favorite. On Sunday, they slowed down to meet some of their fans.

There were also several vendors walking up and down the street selling SnoCones, balloons, and hotdogs to the hungry crowd.

To ensure the crowd didn’t get overheated, members of various marching units sprayed people along the route with cool water.

The celebration concluded Sunday evening with a fireworks display.

Members of the Oswego Fire Department march with their new chief and assistant chief.
Members of the Oswego Fire Department march with their new chief and assistant chief.
Some of the Roller Girls roller derby team show off their rollerskating abilities.
Some of the Roller Girls roller derby team show off their rollerskating abilities.
A member of the Oswego Town Department greets some youngsters along the parade route.
A member of the Oswego Town Fire Department greets some youngsters along the parade route.