Highlights from the 23rd Annual General Montgomery Day Parade

It was hot and humid Saturday morning - the threat of an afternoon tornado looming - when thousands of fans of the General Montgomery Day Parade began to line the streets in anticipation of the 23rd annual parade.

A pancake breakfast at St. Mary's Hall got the morning off to a good start. Volunteers Jaime Rivera, Jessica Heck, Helen Dempsey and Maria Rivera were up early to be at the service of visitors.

In the parking lot parade participants got in line, and the sound of the bands warming up brought a certain brightness to the day. All along the parade route the locals prepared their front-row-seats. Skylar Deitz (age almost 7) watched with his Grandma - Anita Falcone - outside of White Horse Healing Arts.

Grand Marshall George Weeden was honored for his many years of servitude as Montgomery Fire Chief, Village Trustee and Planning Board member. He was joined by Mayor Stephen Brescia on the bandstand at the parade's end and took part in announcing each of the hundreds of floats and their respective guests as they rounded the corner of Charles Street.

419 runners and walkers competed in the annual United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s  8K race at Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Montgomery. Race participants from throughout the region competed for team or individual awards. In the women’s overall individual female category Holly Cavalluzzo, 17, of Middletown (31:03) took first place. (above)

Race Photos and Runner Stats Provided by United Way

This year there were three wheelchair participants in the race and Freddy Tiburcio of Goshen (22:24) came in first in the group. The race is part of the Hudson Valley Grand Prix, now in its 12th year, and has been dubbed the “best little race in the country” since 1991.

The parade made iconic use of the farm machinery that it was once known for..cameos from Little Miss Walden were a lovely touch and clergy and civic organizations marched to the beat of several  drums thanks to local high school and semi-professional bands.

 It was my first Montgomery Day, but many of the people in attendance are long-time fans and even third generation admirers like in the case of Jennifer Caroli-Benson shown with baby Brenna (6 months) and Grandma. (below)

Cumulus' WPDH and WRRV  kept the music loud all day and Robert Rogers Puppet Company gave two community performances at Village Hall. Soapbox Derby was a fan favorite and the streets were lines with excited vendors sharing food, crafts, antiques and local businesses.

Rolling Thunder blazed through the parade route on Saturday, September 8th at the 24th Annual General Montgomery Day.

Late afternoon and evening events were postponed until Sunday evening in response to a severe weather threat in the area. We could all gain something from the organizational spirit of this long-running, all-inclusive community tradition. Well done, Montgomery!

Article by Stefanie Pearl
Race Photos Provided by United Way of Ducthess and Orange

To learn more about United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and to view the complete list of the race results or to see photos of the event go to www.uwdor.org.