Dale at the Canal Fest Parade
The 35th annual Canal Fest of the Tonawandas is the largest celebration of its kind anywhere along the Erie Canal. It's an 8-day event each July with rides, music, games, food, a craft show, car cruise, a bike cruise, a 4-mile run and a parade. Who doesn't love a parade? People set out their chairs the day before to claim the best viewing spots along the two-mile length of the parade. And it last about two hours.
WYRK is proud to be a long-time participant in the Canal Fest parade. I prefer to walk the route each year because I love the interaction with the people lining the streets. The only problem with being in the parade is that you don't get to see the parade.
So from my perspective this is what it's like to march in the Canal Fest parade. I have to leave it up to the people who sit and watch it to tell me what I miss each year.