350th Celebration Parade

350th Celebration Parade

June 14, 2009

There are some great photos by corquey at parade photos here

The Town of Hadley, and the 350th Celebration Parade Committee,
were pleased to have your town and organizations participate in our
Grand Parade Celebration
which was held on Sunday, June 14, 2009

The 1.8 mile parade began promptly at 1:00 PM, forming near the junction of Mill
Valley Road and Route 9 (Russell Street), and marched west on Route 9 to the West Street
Commons where the parade  disbanded.

We had an enthusiastic crowd and great time!

Over 100 units marched: 18 bands (several fife and drum, Hopkins Academy and Holyoke High,
a military band, floats with music, 26 floats, local police and fire departments, antique cars
and tractors, the Belchertown Twirlers, Local groups and businesses, the Shriners and some surprises!
This was the largest parade Hadley ever had!

The theme of the parade was:


Here’s who was in the Parade

Note:  exact order may change come parade day

Hadley Police Department

Hadley Fire Department Color Guard

Marshall John Koloski on Farm Museum Stage Coach

Hopkins Academy Band

Alumni Association of Hopkins Academy float

Mrs. Victoria Kozera Drabek, oldest citizen in town

Hadley Council on Aging

Muddy Brook Farm, carriages and horses

Muddy Brook Farm, antique surrey with horse, carriage and horse

Hampshire County Farm Bureau, antique dump cart with horses

The Kelley Family Farm, truck with Irish band, tractors and more

Hockanum Villagers Association, same float as had in 1959 parade

Current and Former Hadley Selectmen

Western Mass. Model T. Club, antique cars

Hadley Fire Department

Hopkins Academy Graduating Class of 1959, had float in 1959 too

Polish American Citizens Club, float with polka band

Hadley Historical Society, Inc., 1976 Rolls Royce

William Smith, horse

Hadley Historial Commission float

John Kieras, antique car

Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department

Wethersfield Police Department

Windsor Fife & Drum Corp

Hadley American Legion Post #271

Hopkins Academy Student Council float

Carla Mokrzecki/Donald Dion on horseback

Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
and Dept. of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 1939 Int’l Truck

Leverett Fire Department

Mapleline Farm

Excelsior Drum and Bugle Corps. , Broadway hits

Frank R. Blajda, F-20 Farmall tractor


Military Band

Westhampton Fire Department, antique fire truck

University of Massachusetts Police Department

Ancient Mariners, band

Hadley Lions Club

Whole Foods Market float

Amherst Select Board

Amherst Police Department

Amherst Fire Department

Marquis of Granby Junior Fyfe and Drum Corps

Amherst College Campus Police

Norm’s Auto Body, antique cars

First Congregational Church of Hadley float

Hadley Girl Scouts float

Wanczyk Nursery

Springfield Kiltie Band, bag pipes

Wesley United Methodist Church float

Greenfield Fire Department

Massachusetts State Police

North Hadley Sugar Shack float with maple sugaring & tractor

Polish Heritage Company

Florence Community Band

Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society (3 County Fair)

Easthampton Fire Department

Hampshire Lodge of Masons

Hadley Public School float

Royer Family, 1944 John Deere LA

Holyoke High School Band

Belchertown Twirlers

Doubleday Farms, tractors

Northampton St. Patricks Association, float plus

Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department

10th MA Volunteer Militia, fife and drum band, historical unit

Boisvert Farm float with tractor, agriculture theme

Gary Berg, Model A

Sunderland Fire Department

Hartsbrook Farm float

Drozdal Family

Valley Vodka, Inc.

Marksman Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps

Freedom Fighter Foundation

Tally-Ho 4-H Horse Club

Atkins Farms Country Market

Western Mass Antique Truck Club

Warehouse Point Ancient Fife & Drum Corps

Boy Scout Troop #504, float and marching

Eastern States Exposition

Sunderland Selectmen

Waltham American Legion Band

State Forest Fire Control – District 10, Smokey the Bear

Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton

Amherst 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Banish Misfortunes Irish Band

David Johnson Family, 1901 Knox plus old bicycles

Huntington Fire Department

South Hadley Selectmen

Hatfield Historical Society

Quaboag Highlanders Pipeband

Korean War Veterans Association

American Truck Historical Society

North County Line Dancers

Whately Fire Department

Hatfield Hellion Car/truck

Granby Police Department

South Hadley St. Patrick’s Parade Committee floats

Glenn Loud, 1944 Willy MB US Army Jeep

Hatfield Fire Department

Allard’s Farm, Inc., float and tractors

Melha Shrine Band,150 plus members, new mini- motorcycle debuting at the parade

Allard Farm, Inc., Combine