Annual parade to feature last dairy princess

Members of the Jefferson County Dairy Princess Court wave during the 2017 Dairy Parade on Washington Street in Watertown. The 2022 parade kicks of at 7 p.m. Friday at Watertown High School, ushering in a gender neutral promotional program with “dairy ambassadors” moving forward. Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — A tradition will come to an end at Friday night’s Jefferson County Dairy Parade.

Say goodbye to the dairy princess, who will be making a final appearance at this year’s parade.

That’s why the event, which starts at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School, is honoring tradition.

The Dairy Princess Program will transform to a gender neutral promotional program with “dairy ambassadors” moving forward. It’s a move happening throughout the state.

Jefferson County Agricultural Coordinator Jay M. Matteson said all the past dairy princesses have been invited back to the parade this year. About nine will attend.

“It’s going to be a great parade,” he said.

As of Thursday morning, the parade is expected to feature 55 organizations. Eight high school marching bands and DownBeat Percussion, the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills, will march.

Cowlick Ice Cream will be handing out cups of ice cream to children along the parade route. It’s a parade tradition, Mr. Matteson said.

The Jefferson County Dairy Parade is a celebration of agriculture. It begins at Watertown High School and heads into the city on Washington Street, ending at Mullin Street. The judging stand is in front of the Dulles State Office Building on the 300 block of Washington Street.

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