Crowds Gather For Memorial Day Parades
Communities all over the North Country held parades and other events to honor our military and kick off the start of summer.
Click on the video above to watch highlights from a few activities this Memorial Day.
In Brownville, kids dressed like soldiers lined the streets, collecting candy thrown from parade cars.
In Copenhagen, children and adults alike turned out to see to see Fort Drum troops marching to a cadence, the Lewis county dairy princess, and the Copenhagen Central marching band, to name a few highlights.
Even though the parade was over in a matter of just minutes, everyone had a favorite part:
"I liked the kids on the bikes," said spectator Catherine Peacock.
"The band," Chris Thompson said.
"The floats," said Breck Ten Eyck.
"I'm just excited about the fire trucks," he added.
As always, following the parade the United Church of Copenhagen had their Memorial Day Chicken Barbeque.
Evans Mills had its first memorial day parade in years Monday.
It featured a color guard, race cars, and of course local kids marching in the parade.
Organizer Russel Shepherd says he hopes the event will be even bigger next year.
"The village people, you know, they've all missed it for the years it hasn't been here," he said, "And I've been congratulated by quite a lot of people for doing this."
Shepard says this year's parade was small, but successful.
A bigger parade in Alexandria Bay drew a big crowd.
Sitting in front of the American Legion, people cheered on local parade participants and honored the military.
As is traditionally the case, the marching band and fire trucks were some of the biggest crowd-pleasers.