The City of Canandaigua hosted its annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2018 – a day of festivities that included a parade, community picnic, entertainment in the park, and an evening fireworks over Kershaw Park.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., eight fire departments and 54 individual parade entries marched down Main Street towards Kershaw Park. Participants represented historical and community groups, local businesses, kids’ groups and elected officials. Creative floats showed off this year’s theme, “One Comm-Unity: Canandaigua Together,” celebrating the people in this community who call The Chosen Spot home.
A panel of judges comprised of community members Jeff Anthony, Linda Maltese, and Pierre Heroux, and youth judges Margaux Mahoney, Elizabeth O’Brien and Julia Cheney voted on the parade entries. They are delighted to announce nine entries who will receive awards from this year’s parade.
The 2018 Parade entry winners were:
Grand Marshall Award: Silvio Palermo for Sheriff
Mayor’s Community Spirit Award: Kitty Karle for Ontario County Judge
Canandaigua BID Award: USA Masters Academy
Outstanding Musical Unit: Pittsford Marching Band
Outstanding Float: Town of Canandaigua
Best Theme on a Float: Boy Scout Troop 32
Best Fire Department Marching Color Guard: Canandaigua Fire Department
Best Fire Department Outstanding Vehicle: East Bloomfield Fire Department
Junior Judges Award: Finger Lakes Animal Hospital