The Millersville, PA Parade
It's Saturday, October 13 - the day of the Millersville, PA Parade! I arrive early at 9:00 AM to get a good vantage point from which to view the parade. The Millersville University parking lots are already full, and Herr Avenue, Landis Avenue, and George Street have been blocked off. Crowds of Millersville residents and Millersville University students are already solidly lined up on both sides of the street from the Student Memorial Center all the way George Street as far as the eye can see.
Millersville University Television, MUTV, is set up near the Student Memorial Center to record the event.
Kelly West and Dave Russell of WARM 103.3 Radio are the emcees of the event. The parade starts on Herr Avenue to Landis Avenue, then turns down North George Street. On South George Street, everyone waits expectantly for something to happen...
Off in the distance - what's that sound? Could it be a real steam calliope coming down the street? Yes, it is!
As it draws nearer, the circus-like strains of "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" can be heard. Louder and louder...
"Happy Days Are Here Again", "Are You From Dixie", and "Roll Out the Barrel" emanate from this wonderful machine!
The strains of "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" are playing as the truck drives away. The calliope's repertoire is so large that no song is ever repeated...
A color guard comes down the street. All the branches of our armed forces are well represented, and appreciatively received by the public.
The Millersville Parade is a joint effort of the community and Millersville University. This year is one of the largest parades to date: 162 vehicles, 13 floats, 14 musical entertainers, 10 special entertainers, 5 baton and twirler groups, and over 1,665 people are participating!
The Millersvill Volunteer Fire Department is out in full force.
The Hershey Bears Mascot waves to the crowd...
The Eastern Lebanon Marching Band, The York Lancers, Millersville Mayor Richard Moriarty, and Millersville University President Dr. Francine McNairy are all participants in the parade.
The Conestoga Valley Unicyclers perform. How do they ever get up onto those things?
The Reading String Band plays old-time music...
The Boy Scouts Troop #238 with patriotic star balloons.
The York Kiltie Band
Brian Schulman offers expert real estate representation for buyers and sellers of homes in Lancaster County, PA. To learn more, visit http://www.FindLancasterHomes.com/
Interested in Receiving Information on Local Lancaster County Events?