Remembering The 1967 Binghamton, NY Centennial Parade
Everybody loves a parade. Where did that quote come from? Well, according to the Ukiah Daily Journal in Ukiah, the largest city in the county of Mendocino County, California, no one famous. Rather, it's a 'non-attributable phrase.' Is that true? I really don't know for sure. But what I do know is that Binghamton, NY has had its fair share of impressive parades, including the once-in-a-lifetime Binghamton Centennial parade.
A video from one of the biggest parades the city has seen has just been uncovered and the curious balloons, bands, and what looks like a traveling zoo, are fascinating to look back on.
Personally, I love a parade. Every Thanksgiving, I make sure to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, although I hate the nonparade stuff that goes with it.
And I also enjoy the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day. Locally, I have to admit that I've never really watched a parade. But I have a good reason. I've been in most of them representing our radio stations.
Binghamton, NY Parades
I looked forward to our three holiday parades and the largest Binghamton area parade of them all, the St. Patrick's Day Parade. All those parades along with other local parades came to a halt during the pandemic.
And two of the three holiday parades didn't return. Only the Endicott Holiday Parade remained. But, according to the Johnson City Facebook page, the JC holiday parade is set to return this year.
And speaking of parades, as I like to do, let's rewind a few years, (okay, rewind back 57 years ago) to 1967 and a silent (except for the sound of a projector) view of the Binghamton Centennial Parade I found via Yankee Reb on YouTube.
Binghamton, NY Centennial Parade in 1967
I'm impressed by the number of inflatables that were a part of the parade. This is an amazing parade, and I love have loved to see it in person. But I can't figure out what street it was on. Can you? Take a look as we rewind back to 1967.
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