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In Burnt Hills, everybody loves a parade

Many spectators turn out for the annual Burnt Hills Flag Day Parade.  Photo by Dave Crudele.

Many spectators turn out for the annual Burnt Hills Flag Day Parade. Photo by Dave Crudele.

— He also said that Schultz’s story of having grown up here, being a part of a family run business (Schultz’s Nursery) and returning after college to teach and later become superintendent is a great story to share with the community, especially the children.

Schultz has participated in many parades, even portraying Abraham Lincoln on the Teacher’s Association float one year. He’s “very excited about the parade” and said that Burnt Hills is “wonderful community of shared values”.

Having come “full circle” Schultz is a bit nostalgic about the parade this year and said, “The parade epitomizes Burnt Hills… The idea of traveling down Route 50 strikes a chord in my heart…Its been a wonderful ride.”

Past grand marshals have included Byon and previous town supervisors as well as veterans and active duty military personnel.

Doyle said that the event is “a wonderful culmination of people who have served and are currently serving” and it’s a good way for children in the community to “be aware of our active military as well as our veterans.”

The parade is always a great draw, and seems to be fulfilling Bynon’s intent.

Town Historian Rick Reynolds said, “Everyone always has a great time and we all especially like the fact that we close off Route 50, which is our major thoroughfare, for a few hours that night. Last year was our biggest parade yet…with almost 100 entries and over 1700 people in it. My greatest fear is that pretty soon everyone will be in it and there will be no one left to watch.”

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