MEREDITH — The much-anticipated Meredith 250th Main Street Parade will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

More than 60 entries, totaling more than 300 people, from local businesses, civic clubs, nonprofit groups, theaters, community organizations and individuals are planning to participate.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing excitement and fun to downtown Meredith,” said Chris Kelly, co-chair of the parade committee. 

“The enthusiasm in this town is amazing,” said Kathy LaPoint, who co-chairs the parade committee.  “It’s been a joy to see everyone eager and motivated to participate.” 

The parade will include floats, antique cars and other vehicles, fire trucks, horseback riders, marching groups, and marching bands. 

Former Inter-Lakes educators Marjorie Lee and Wendell Whitcher will serve as co-grand marshals of the Main Street parade, greeting the crowds in a 1968 Mustang driven by Glen LaPoint near the front of the procession.

Other parade entries include the Archie Car with the family of the late comics illustrator Bob Montana, the Meredith Historical Society and Wicwas Grange floats, and the Annalee antique car.

Marching Bands will include the New Hampshire Pipe and Drum Band, the Shriners Band and clowns, Firehouse Dixieland Band and the Inter-Lakes High School Marching Band and Flag Brigade.

Horseback riders will showcase flags and Greater Meredith Program volunteers will clean up behind them.

Businesses creating floats include Middleton Building Supply, Salmon Press, Bryant Paving, Lovering Volvo and Remax Bayside.

The Meredith Police Department will provide an escort for the parade. The Meredith Fire Department and the Marine Color Guard will also participate, along with many others.

The parade will begin on the southern side of Main Street, at the intersection of Waukewan and Cross streets. It will continue down Main Street to the traffic lights, bearing south on Route 3 and then right onto Mill Street, to Middleton Building Supply.

The parade will take place, rain or shine.

A grandstand will be located on Main Street next to the Meredith Historical Society Museum, similar to the location during the 1968 Bicentennial Parade. Local radio announcer Pat Kelly will be describing the groups as they pass by.

Lakes Region Public Access Television will have three video cameras stationed along the route to record the historic parade. 

The public is encouraged to seek out available free parking early, using the town’s public parking areas on Route 3:  at the intersection of routes 3 and 25 in the former Aubuchon lot, further north on the opposite side, and at Prescott Park. There is limited public parking downtown, and will be reserved for the elderly and disabled. There will be no parking directly on Main Street from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The parade committee, a subcommittee of the Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee, has been working on the celebration for more than a year. Besides the co-chairs, committee members are Joe Dever, Jonathan James, Tom Joslin, Robert Kennelly, Brian Krautz, Glen LaPoint and Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee co-chairs Steve Durand and Jeanie Forrester.

The Meredith 250th Committee is a group of volunteers working under the umbrella of the Greater Meredith Program to plan the activities and events to celebrate the town's 250th. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center and are open to the public. 

For more information, visit the Greater Meredith Program website at www.GreaterMeredithProgram.com or contact committee co-chairs Jeanie Forrester at 603-380-2523 or jlf@worldpath.net or Steve Durand at 726-6160 or swdemt@metrocast.net.  Follow the anniversary celebration on Facebook @Meredith250th.

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