Teresa Whitton was hustling to get her inflatable toys bundled up and out to her vendors walking up and down Main Street in Morristown on Thursday morning.

Ms. Whitton, of Wildlife Wonder in Gouverneur, was on her second day of hawking inflatable animals and other toys in Morristown.

Ms. Whitton attends several celebrations across St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties each year, but she especially like Fourth of July in Morristown.

“It’s the people,” she said. “You meet a lot of friendly people.”

Marching bands, antique trucks highlight parades

CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESHeuvelton’s 1929 fire truck drives by the crowd on Main Street in Morristown on Thursday.

Generations of friendly people lined Main Street Thursday for the annual parade.

Morristown Central School’s Marching Band led of the musical portion of the parade, wowing the crowd behind the judging platform with high-flying baton tosses and intricate choreography.

The soaring heat — it was 85 degrees at 10 a.m. — had the band attendants busy keeping the young marchers hydrated.

Marching bands, antique trucks highlight parades

CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESA red, white and blue Dalmatian watches parade-goers pass by on Main Street in Morristown.

In Norwood, just after noon, members of the Colton Volunteer Fire Department sought shade under a tree while waiting for their unit to be called into the parade lineup.

Sharon Andrews and Angel Angleberger were eager to talk about the department’s pride and joy — a 1936 Dodge fire engine.

The antique fire engine was bought brand new by the Colton Department and now appears in about five parades a year.

The fire engine, after years of use, was parked for a bit and then slowly the department has been restoring her. Scott McRobbie, who celebrated his 50th year with the Colton Fire Department in March, claims the truck will still pump water — if you work at it.

“It’s an act of Congress to get it to pump,” he said.

Marching bands, antique trucks highlight parades

CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESA boy with a United States flag watches as the parade in Morristown comes down Main Street.

Mr. McRobbie, who is just finishing up a term as president of the Northern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association, joined the department in 1969.

When he joined, the department had two companies of 45 volunteers and a year-long waiting list to join.

With the amount of training that is required now and modern lifestyles the department is down to just 30 members

When he joined, he said, the training was minimal.

“They handed me a key and said, ‘when the whistle blows, come a-running,’” he said.

Marching bands, antique trucks highlight parades

CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESA fire truck leads the way as the Morristown parade makes a turn from Main to Chapman Street.

Colton’s fire engine was one of several antique pieces of fire equipment in the parade.

The sweltering temperatures slowed both parades as the fire companies, commercial exhibitors and marching units kept to a cautious pace on one of the hottest days of the year.

Marching bands, antique trucks highlight parades

CHRISTOPHER LENNEY/WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESBrockville Pipes and Drums march through Norwood.

Both villages celebrated Independence Day with fireworks as well. In Morristown the pyrotechnics were Wednesday night; Norwood lit up the sky on Thursday.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.