OSWEGO, NY – Hundreds of youngsters, their friends and family marched from Breitbeck Park to the Novelis Family Park (West Park) on Friday in idyllic weather.
The annual Children’s Parade is considered by many to be the official start of Harborfest.
For one little girl, it was a dream come true.
Sadie and Layla Wilson are the twin daughters of Meghan and Mike Wilson.
Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano’s Children’s Hospital.
“We were heading to the Independence Day parade in Oswego earlier this month and she got a real bad fever; so we had to rush to the ER and miss the parade,” her mother said. “She missed the parade and was devastated. So, her amazing wish granters through Make A Wish made some phone calls and made it so that they were able not only be in this parade but be the grand marshals of the parade.”
The twins, dressed in matching princess outfits, got to ride in a Camero and wave to all the people watching as they went by.
“It was awesome. They loved it,” their mother said.
“This is really what Harborfest is all about,” Mayor Tom Gillen said as he marched up Lake Street with hundreds of people following. “It’s all about the kids and family fun.”
The parade drew an estimated more than 1,000 participants, from infants to adults. The temperature was in the upper 70s.
The Oswego Health Sun Patrol passed out sun screen to the marchers as well as those along the parade route.
As in years past, the parade route was lined with people; many of them cheering and taking pictures of the marchers as they went past.
Joe Trionfero’s Show of Love program for youngsters prior to the parade got everyone in a festive mood.
Harborfest 2014 doesn’t slow down at all on Sunday. There will be music and activities at all the venues.
The Fat City Band kicks off things at Lakeview Stage at 1 p.m. followed by Sean Patrick McGraw at 3 p.m. and The Reunion Beatles at 5 p.m.
Iron Horse takes the stage at 12:45 p.m. at River Walk West. Frostbit Blue performs at 3 p.m.
The lineup for the Jazz/Blues Stage is Israel Hagen and Stroke at 12:30 p.m., Michael and Angela Lynn and the Talentedones at 2 p.m. and Brownskin Band at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com