Anyone who has lived in Geneva knows the amazing summertime tradition of the Firemen’s Parade! This parade will feature several Finger Lakes Regions fire units, bands, color guards, and community partners on Saturday, July 7th at 7:00pm.
The parade route will start at the corner of Geneva and Castle St. and goes up through Castle to Main St., up to Seneca St., down to Seneca to Exchange St. and down to Exchange to the Exchange St. parking lot. There will be numerous streets closed during this time along the route.
This is a family-favorite and is attended by a growing crowd each year. There will be judges at the grand stand and $2,000.00 dollars in parade prizes will be given out this year. There will be approximately 54 units this year. These will include Fire Departments, antique fire apparatus, Geneva Neighborhood groups, Girl and Boy Scouts, civic groups, military color guards, five marching bands and the Finger Lakes Alpine German Band.
While there have been firefighter parades in Geneva since the late 1800s, Chief Emeritus Carlton J. Naegele started the parades back up in 1957 and was the Chairman until he retired as Fire Chief in 1987. Chief Naegele joined the Nester Hose Co. in 1945 upon his return from World War II.
The Parade’s Committee Chairman, Kevin Powers, is leading the organization of the parade again this year. “It is an honor each and every year organizing this parade in Geneva. This community is like no other. We continue to hear from people from all over our region that participate or who come to watch and cheer that this is really something to be proud of-and I am. We want to continue to break records each year and thank you to everyone for their support each year!”