Masonic Leaders from all over New York State assembled July 7 in Oswego for a full day of activities including a church service, the parade, a picnic at the Oswego Lodge, then the concerts at Breitbeck Park and the Oswego fireworks.
Lake City Masonic Lodge No. 127, F & AM was honored to receive the “Best Float in the Parade,” the Nick Sterio Memorial Award.
Excited to be a part of The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Parade, Lake City Lodge spent a full year planning, working, organizing, investing and building a presentation that included more than 60 people, with a 45’ float, two decorated cars carrying Masonic leaders and candy for the children, a Masonic war veterans truck, a float full of Masonic and Oswego Eastern Star Ladies and marchers that began with the Masonic War Veterans color guard.
Nearly the entire Grand Line of Grand Lodge, of every York Rite body and the Masonic War Vets attended.
High ranking officials included the Most Worshipful James E. Sullivan, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York, Most Excellent Richard J. Kessler, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter, State of New York Royal Arch Masons, Most Illustrious Richard Anderson, Grand Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of New York, Sir Knight Donald Berry, Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar in the State of New York, Right Worshipful Dennis Breheny, Commander General of the Masonic War Veterans of the State of New York, Right Worshipful Garry L. Visconti, District Deputy Grand Master, Oswego District and many other Honored guests.
While these high ranking officials of New York march in many parades, they were particularly taken with Oswego’s.
James E. Sullivan mentioned that while this parade route seemed longer than many, they had rarely had such a grand time, nor seen such a friendly and active audience.
While our red, white and blue decorated float played patriotic music to the crowds, never had they seen parade watchers come into the street and dance to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.”
All were very impressed with the parade and the folks in Oswego.
Some famous Masons include 15 American president’s, Ben Franklin, John Wayne, Clark Cable, Red Skelton, Astronaut “Buzz” Aldrin and many, many more.
The Masonic organizations donate approximately $2 million a day to the needy.
Lake City Masonic Lodge No. 127, F & AM is located at 765 E. Seneca St., Oswego.
They hold a monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet on the third Sunday of each month.
Often a local charity is the benefactor of the proceeds.
For more information on Masonry and upcoming events, call (315) 207-0127.