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Patriotic parade brings out crowd in Lyndonville

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – The biggest party in Orleans County for the Fourth of July is at the smallest village in the county. Lyndonville once again welcomed residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day.

In the top photo, a line of fire trucks, including Middleport in front, makes their way down Main Street in the village.

The village had 838 residents in the 2010 Census and probably exceeded that by 10 times or more today.

The duck (Evan Pappalardo of Albion) slaps hands with the crowd and tries to drum up support for the duck race on Johnson Creek to benefit Hospice of Orleans County.

Members of the 4-H program were out promoting the upcoming fair from July 27 to Aug. 1 in Knowlesville.

Teresa Allen of Medina helps her daughter Peyton with the YMCA dance while waiting for the parade to start on Main Street.

Mattie Zarpentine, a leader with New York Revolution, leads a group that marched in the parade in favor of Second Amendment rights.

Members of the Lyndonville Marching Band are dressed for the holiday while playing patriotic music in the parade.

Members of the American Legion in Lyndonville ride on a trailer and wave to the crowd. Bob Bracey of Medina loans the trailer so veterans can be part of the lengthy parade route.

Scott Schmidt gives his dog Goliath, a 203-pound Neopolitan mastiff, a ride in the parade. Goliath was dressed as Uncle Sam for the event.

Jason Smith, superintendent of Lyndonville Central School, plays with the Mark Time Marchers in the parade. Smith is at the head of the line with his trombone.

Stan Thurber waves Old Glory while riding in the parade with a float for Oak Orchard Assembly of God in Medina, where his son Dan is the pastor.

Members of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church had a float in the parade for the first time in four years today. The group is promoting an upcoming Vacation Bible School for children and letting the community know it’s welcome at the church, said Beth Malone, the pastor.

Randall Bane had a starring role on the float along with his mother Mildred Bane, who portrayed Betsy Ross. She is credited with making the first American flag.

Jeanne Crane, chairwoman of the Orleans County Democratic Party, was dressed for the holiday.

A lineup of vehicles, carrying flags, heads down Main Street.