The Town of Barnstable will once again host the largest parade on Cape Cod on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 on Main Street, Hyannis, kicking off at 4:00PM. The theme of the 14th annual July 4th parade is “America the Beautiful” . The parade route will start at the intersection of Ocean Street and Main Street and continue down to Sea Street and then cross over to South Street.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Kathleen Schatzberg, who has served as the President of Cape Cod Community College for fourteen years, and will retire at the end of June. Schatzberg says “it will be a great honor to lead the parade as the Grand Marshall.” She thinks it will be a fun and unique experience, adding “I've been in the parade many times with floats from either the Cape Cod Community College or my Hyannis Rotary Club, and it’s a great day for the community.”
Parade organizer, Meaghann Kenney, agrees that it is a day all about the community. “It is a perfect time for families to spend the day on Main Street-- the center of our community--shopping in the local stores and eating at one of the many restaurants.”
This year's theme is also a tribute to the Cape Cod community, titled after the song “America the Beautiful,” written by Katherine Lee Bates, a native Cape Codder. Kenney feels the theme and the song “capture the true essence of the holiday.”
Before the street parade, the Hyannis Marina will host a boat parade on the Hyannis Inner Harbor that will begin at approximately 1:30pm, and the Hyannis Civic Association will hold a children’s bike parade on the Village Green, which starts at 3:15pm.
The parade will feature over fifty floats, community groups and bands. Some of the confirmed bands for this year’s parade include Eriks’ Steel Drum Band, Platform Soul, and Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
Parade float entrants will be judged and the winners will be awarded ribbons after the parade on the Hyannis Village Green. Immediately following the awards ceremony, the Town of Barnstable Band will perform patriotic songs at the Town Bandstand on the Hyannis Village Green until 6:30pm.
The annual fireworks display will take place at dusk, and is visible from beaches and locations facing Nantucket Sound.
Information from a press release.