The Warren Fourth of July committee and other volunteers pulled off another successful parade and celebration, despite off-and-on rain showers.
Some parade watchers said the rain helped beat the heat and humidity that occurred between showers.
Wally Post, committee chairman, said, “I can’t say enough about the great job our committee did. There were no organizational issues, and everyone did a professional job. People that worked in past parades came out again to help.”
“There were a few challenges with music, because there was so much of it. You can’t put one music unit right next to another, and we had six marching bands,” he added.
He noted that there were several units that were scheduled to be in the parade, but didn’t show up.
Post was enthusiastic about the quality of the entries, saying, “Whirley had a great float. The (Boy Scouts) Chief Cornplanter Council had an amazing float, but it didn’t stick to the theme, which was Celebrating Red, White and Blue, and 25 to 30 percent of the judges’ criteria is how well they display the theme.”
When asked about any problems, he replied, “Every chairman (on the committee) makes a list of what was good and what needs improvement. That’s how we get better.”
He also spoke about the pre-parade show saying, “It’s incredible how much local talent there is.”
Mike Holtz, City of Warren Public Works director, said, “From our perspective, it actually went pretty well. The protection aound the plantings was well received. Our goal is to reuse the white stakes again next year, though we might have to order a little more banners.” He noted that the banners and stakes were to be removed Monday, and inspected for future use.
“I have to give a lot of thanks to the Public Works crew. The guys in the street certainly deserve the credit,” he added. “Friday morning from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. they were out picking up trash along the parade route, running the street sweeper, removing barricades, cones and detour signs.”