Parade highlights Lake George’s holiday weekend

July 12, 2018

By Steve Landon
Correspondent

A long week of Independence Day celebrations complete with one nasty heat wave officially came to a close in the peaceful little village of Lake George. On Sunday afternoon visitors, residents and cottage owners showed their American Pride by packing the main drag of town for what has become one of the best small town parades in the area.  Led by the Honor Guard of Clare and Farwell American Legion Post 558, several interesting hand built floats, beautifully restored vintage and antique cars/truck’s and costumed marchers made their way past approving spectators.

Honor Guard members from the Clare, Farwell American Legion Post 558 stand at attention for the singing of our National Anthem.

Honor Guard members from the Clare, Farwell American Legion Post 558 stand at attention for the singing of our National Anthem.

Due to the Independence Day falling on a Wednesday some communities in the area held the bulk of their activities from Saturday June 30th – July 4th. Lake George opted to get things fired up Saturday July 7th with the popular boat parade taking center stage. Fourteen artistically decorated boats and pontoons made their way around Lake George before judges and countless spectators who lined the shoreline.

Prior to Sunday’s big Independence Day parade at noon visitors had a chance to check out a craft sale, a few yard sales and grab a hot dog before settling into to their lawn chairs.  The parade officially got underway with the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance by area and visiting youth, followed by the singing of our National Anthem by Army Veteran Robert Mulrenin.

7-13-18 Lake George Fourth DSC_0910After such a long hectic holiday week, Sunday’s activities were just the thing visitors needed before making the long trek home to start another workweek.

Thanks to hard working volunteers, talented float builders and another fantastic crowd the parade and associated activities were a huge success.  The 2019 Fourth of July festivities are now just a memory, however, there are plenty of great activities to do in the Lake George area this summer. Get out and play while the weather is sizzling and the lakes are perfect for boating, swimming and fishing.

2018 Street Parade Results
1st. Pirates & Mermaids (Kovach, Holland, Jackson, Bringold, Kemp)
2nd. Christmas in July (Swanson Family)
3rd. Liberty Baptist Church
4th Uncle Sam (Coleman family)

2018 Boat Parade
1st.  Price is right (Tracey Shapter & friends)
2nd. Smoking gun (Josh Remos)
3rd. Hard working men & women (Russell Smith)
4th. USA (Banks family)

The Pirates & Mermaids entry by (Kovach, Holland, Jackson, Bringold, Kemp) won the best float award.

The Pirates & Mermaids entry by (Kovach, Holland, Jackson, Bringold, Kemp) won the best float award.

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