Chil-E Festival Parade 2014

by Maria on July 4th, 2014

The temperature for the past two Chil-E Festival Parades has been over 90 degrees. As you can imagine, extreme hot weather makes for difficult marching and smaller crowds of spectators. That was not the case today. The temperature was in the 70s and there was a light breeze making perfect conditions for marching and large crowds of spectators.

We had a full front line with Emily, Trevor, Connor and Donovan carrying flags and rifles. Angelina and James marched along carrying smaller American flags. Deb and Liliana carried color guard flags and performed a routine they created themselves. Deb grew up in Caledonia and now lives in Tennesee with her daughter, Liliana, and husband, Ron. While they were in the area visiting family, they wanted to watch a parade. When we found out that Liliana had never been in a parade, we invited her to march with us. She marched like a veteran and never missed a step.

Chris was playing solo snare drum. We were a little worried when he still hadn't arrived by the time we did our warm-up song. Then Candy saw a red shirt carrying a drum in the distance. It was Chris arriving just in time. Later, we met some of Chris's friends who traveled to watch him march and visit afterward. Nate and his wife, Sara, came from Canandaigua; Nate's twin sister, Liz, was visiting from San Antonio. Yes, Texas.

Nancy made her debut on cymbals under Andy's mentorship. Liz took the whistle so Maria could concentrate on playing sousaphone. We marched with our friends in the Chili Fire Department. All together, we had 28 on the street.

Our next event is the Kendall Fire Department Carnival next Friday, July 11. See you there!

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Chili, Emily, Chris F., Candy, Nancy, Andy, Maria, Liz, Chil-E Fest


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