Hundreds March In 28th Annual Children’s Parade

Hundreds of children head out en route to West Park on Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of children head out en route to West Park on Friday afternoon.

OSWEGO, NY – Several hundred youngsters, their friends and family marched from Breitbeck Park to the Novelis Family Park (West Park) on Friday in idyllic weather.

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Hundreds of children head out en route to West Park on Friday afternoon.

The annual Children’s Parade is considered by many to be the official start of Harborfest.

“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. I think this might have been our largest parade ever.”

The parade drew an estimated more than 1,000 participants, from infants to adults as old as 90.

The temperature was in the lower 80s.The humidity crept higher during the march.

To ensure everyone stayed safe, 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.

Dozens of youngsters, and those young at heart, took part in dance contests, an air guitar competition and other family fun activities.

“You couldn’t ask for better weather. The kids are all having a great time,” said Fred Maxon (who described himself as a free range retiree) as he watched his four-year-old grandson enjoying himself in front of the main stage.

Harborfest 2015 doesn’t slow down at all on Saturday (July 25).

There will music and activities at all the venues.

DownBeat Percussion kicks off things at Lakeview Stage at 2:30 p.m. followed by The Fabulous Ripcords at 3:30 p.m. and the Kenny Young Band at 5 p.m. They will be followed by Off The Reservation at 6:30 p.m. The Aerosmith tribute band Draw The Line will start at 8:45 p.m., take a break for the fireworks and continue about 10 p.m.

The lineup for the Jazz/Blues Stage is JT Hall Jazz Consort at 1:15 p.m., Tia Brazda at 3:30 p.m., Lao Tizer at 5:45 p.m. and GhostTown Blues Band at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. following the fireworks.

The Novelis Family Tent and Family Bandstand will also be jam-packed full of music and activities.

For more information, visit www.oswegoharborfest.com