Here comes the parade

The Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5. The parade, traditionally the biggest in the community will form and begin on East Leitersburg Street. It will then proceed north on Washington Street and turn west on Franklin Street before turning north on Carlisle Street. Following Carlisle to Walter Avenue, the marchers and floats will turn east on Walter Avenue and then south on Allison Street back to Allison where it will disband.

The Old Home Week parade is shaping up, but committee chairman John Alleman will still accept registrations, and requests that people, businesses and organizations contact him as soon as possible. He hopes for 100 units in the parade, sponsored by the Lions Club.

Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, the well-attended event is anxiously awaited by the public every three years. In 2007 a thunderstorm shortly before the start time sent everyone scampering. Alleman doesn't want that to happen again, but the rain date is Saturday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. just in case.

So far he has four units which are the backbone of any parade, a joint Greencastle-Antrim high school and middle school band, the Shippensburg Community Band, the G-A Alumni Band and a contingent from Rohrersville.

He was surprised that majorettes are apparently a thing of the past, since none have signed up. Therefore, he issued an invitation to cheerleaders and dance troupes to participate. He would like young people to be involved.

Alleman began the planning in January. "I'm the committee until two days before the parade," he confided. Then seven regular volunteers help him with the final logistics.

Entries will organize near the VFW on Leitersburg Street at approximately 4:30. The lead unit will step off onto Washington Street, then traverse through a large section of downtown Greencastle. The route turns west on Franklin Street, north on Carlisle Street, east on Walter Avenue, and south on Allison Street back to the starting point.

"It's back to what it was," Alleman said, referring to the 2007 detour onto Ridge Avenue because of Allison Street's construction project.

He corresponds with people entering the parade through email, fax and telephone, and occasionally with snail mail. Anyone who has even considered participating should give him a call at 597-8625.

In the 1905 triennial, the parade consisted of a ride around town, with horses furnished, and a visit to local industries, reserved for the "Old Boys". Three years later carriages were provided for everyone to ride up every street in town. The Wayne Band led the way. In 2010 spectators may stay seated, and the parade will pass in front of them.