By ANN BELCHER
BROCTON - Communities in the surrounding area of Brocton and Portland are rich with civic groups, sports leagues, dance and cheer teams and more. The Portland Bicentennial Committee is looking for those, as well as other types of organizations, teams or acts to be showcased in their Grand Parade on July 14.
Parade organizer and committee member Dan King noted that with a busy season full of lots of communitywide activities just getting under way, any sports league/team, dance or cheer group, fire departments, marching bands or civic group who would like to participate in this year's Grand Parade, which will honor the 200th birthday of the town of Portland, should contact him as soon as possible to be listed on the schedule.
The parade route will begin at Lake Avenue in the village of Brocton, continue west underneath and through the newly refurbished Brocton Arch, down Route 20 past the American Legion where the Bicentennial Celebration will be taking place and will end at Brocton Central School's main parking lot.
"All groups are entirely welcomed, there will be no judging for this parade, however all participating groups will be given an official Bicentennial Commemorative plate for participating and we welcome whomever would like to participate," King said.
That includes present and previously graduated classes of Brocton Central School, many of whom will be celebrating reunions during Brocton's Alumni Reunion Weekend July 12-14.
"We want to stress that antique car and equipment groups and car clubs are invited, and if we have anyone in the area with horses and wagons, it would be ideal for that to be included in our Bicentennial parade this year."
To participate or to learn more about the Bicentennial Grand Parade, interested persons or groups should contact King directly at 410-1932 to find out how to register. Registration should be completed before July 9 for parade participants.