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September 25, 2018

Oswego’s Independence Parade Committee Announces Featured Performers


OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Independence Parade will feature The Uptown String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association.

The Independence Celebration, which will be held on July 7 beginning with the Annual Independence Parade at 1 p.m.

The annual Oswego Independence Parade will feature the sparkle and pageantry of The Uptown String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association. Pictured is The Uptown String Band’s Captain Ryan Radcliffe, who will lead the group through Oswego on July 7 beginning at 1 p.m. from Oswego High School and ending at the East Seventh Street tunnel at Fort Ontario.

The annual Oswego Independence Parade will feature the sparkle and pageantry of The Uptown String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association. Pictured is The Uptown String Band’s Captain Ryan Radcliffe, who will lead the group through Oswego on July 7 beginning at 1 p.m. from Oswego High School and ending at the East Seventh Street tunnel at Fort Ontario.

The theme for this very special event is “Fifty Years of Family, Fun and Fireworks!”

The Uptown String Band is a non-profit organization based in Hulmeville, Pa.

They have been parading in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Day Mummers Parade since 1938.

The band has taken top honors in the parade in 1957, 1976, and 1977. This award-winning band performs locally, nationally, and internationally throughout the year to fund its New Year’s Day production, and takes pride in entertaining the public with “Philadelphia String Band Music at Its Finest.”

Uptown first recorded the world renowned “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover,” selling more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

The band was originally located in Northwest Philadelphia for many years, until 1990, when it was brought further “uptown” from the city and into Bucks County Pennsylvania north of the city of Philadelphia.

If you or someone you know was involved with organizing the parade in the past and would like to serve as a Grand Marshal for the 50th Anniversary, please contact the chamber at 315-343-7681 or email [email protected]

Grand Marshals can choose to walk the parade route or ride on trolleys provided by Allen Chase Enterprises.

Applications to for individuals, groups and organizations interested in participating in the 2013 parade are still available at the chamber office 44 E. Bridge St., Oswego, and online at www.oswegofultonchamber.com

For more information about the Independence Celebration, please call the chamber at 343-7681.

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