Pulaski Marching Band to represent NYS in National Fourth of July Parade in Washington, D.C.

The Pulaski Marching Band has been selected to represent New York State in the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington, D.C. this year.

The parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, equestrian and drill teams, celebrities and dignitaries along with other special units and of course, giant balloons.

The parade is advertised as a patriotic flag-waving celebration of the Fourth of July holiday.

This national event is held each year to showcase talent from across the nation and organizers endeavor to have representation from every state in the nation.

The parade is co-hosted by the National Park Service and Diversified Events.

The Pulaski Marching Band will travel to Washington D.C. on July 3 and tour the nation’s capital and monuments prior to participation in the parade the following day.

Two special fundraisers will be held in March to help offset the cost to band participants. The first will feature a walk/run called the Schoolhouse to Whitehouse 5K Run/Walk on March 30 at the Pulaski Ringgold Fire Department. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and a kid’s fun run will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the 5K Race/Walk to start at 1 p.m.

Online registration is available at www.getentered.com or visit the Pulaski District website at www.PACS.cnyric.org for a link to registration. Early registration is $20 for adults and $18 for Pulaski students, deadline is March 28.

Race-day registration is $25 and T-shirts are included in the both early and day of race registration fees. The kid’s fun run entry is $10. Before and after the race participants and supporters are invited to the fire hall where food, raffles and drawings are available.

Awards will be presented after the race in the fire hall.

To coincide with the race, a special patriotic house/business decorating contest will be held to show support for the band trip and the red, white and blue decorations will enhance the spirit of the Schoolhouse to White House run.

Interested individuals or businesses that would like to participate in the 50/50 decorating contest can e-mail coordinators Jessica Pastuf or Shelby Sheehan at [email protected] for a registration form and additional information.

Cost to participate in the decorating contest is $5 per entry with the winner receiving 50% of the total money raised from the contest. Deadline for entry is March 22 and judging will take place on March 29 with the winner being announced at the race on March 30.

All proceeds from both fundraisers will go to support the marching band’s trip.

Questions regarding these two events can be directed to [email protected]