Caledonia-Mumford Hometown Holidays Parade and Concert 2017

by Maria on January 14th, 2018

It couldn't have been a nicer day for a parade. It was about 40 degrees, partly sunny and no wind.

The parade route was a little different this year. Everyone lined up on Maple Street, which is where we used to line up for the old Caledonia Fire Department Parades. After marching 360 degrees around the monument, we continued past the Fire Hall, turned the corner, and ended at the Big Springs Museum. The Museum had a flag-raising ceremony to dedicate their new flag pole to Don Pullyblank and Jim Phillips, two dedicated volunteers who died in the last year. After the Boy Scouts raised the flag, we played The Star-Spangled Banner.

Don Pullyblank was also a founding member of Kelley's Heroes. At the end of the ceremony, we played two of his favorites: Sweet Caroline and When the Saints Go Marching In.

We walked back around to the front of the Fire Hall and played Christmas music for the next half hour. Since the weather was so nice, quite a few people gathered around to listen. A few even danced to our jazzier selections.

Tracey's son, Zach, and Steve and Margaret's daughter, Angelina, carried the banner. Their other daughter, Maddie, and Kelly and Jon's son, James, handed out candy as they marched along. They were accompanied by our canine unit. Tara's daughter, McKenna, walked along with Petunia and Attila decked out in festive red sweaters.

This officially ends our 2017 marching season. After Christmas, we'll start scheduling parades for 2018. We're already booked for the Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17!

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