Stafford FD Parade 2014

by Maria on June 19th, 2014

This was our first parade with our new fire department: the Kendall/East Battalion FD comprised of fire departments in Kendall, Clarendon, Fancher-Hulberton-Murray, Holley and Morton.

It was nice to see Don H. This is the first parade he's been able to make this season, and it had been a long day for him. Don is a veteran of the Marines and a member of the Patriot Guard. He started his day at 3 am standing guard at the Moving Wall on display in Pembroke. The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  that has been traveling the country since 1984.

There was a little confusion at the end of the parade. During the parade, we were behind a fire truck. At the end, the fire trucks turned right into the Town Hall parking lot, so our colorquard naturally followed the truck. We quickly realized that this parking lot was for trucks only and  marching units should continue north on Route 237, so the rest of the band stayed on the street. We could see a police car up ahead and figured that was the end of the parade, but the police were directing traffic into the parking lot. Finally, we saw the driveway on the left that led into the carnival. We quickly turned, split and played Colonel Bogey while Kendall/East Battalion walked through the band.

We stayed and played a few songs in the beer tent. Our friends, The Mark Time Marchers, were also there. Our two bands have several pieces of music in common, so we joined forces to play Theme from Rocky, Bad Romance, The Stripper,  and Some Nights. The sound of rhe two bands playing together is exhilarating.

Some of us will be playing again tomorrow at the Bergen Park Festival. See you there!

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