BH-BL Flag Day Parade

BH-BL Flag Day parade needs volunteers

BALLSTON – Join in and celebrate Old Glory as a volunteer for the 17th Annual Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association’s Flag Day Parade set to step off at 7 p.m. June 7 on Route 50.

Volunteers are needed to help along the parade route, to get floats and bands into designated places in preparation for the parade, to pass out parade flyers, and to hand out small American flags to children.

The event began as part of the patriotic feelings that swept the nation following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according the official website. The first was held in June 2002 and it quickly grew. With a unique “home grown” appeal, last year it hosted 100 entries, including seven bands, 24 floats, and fire apparatus from eight local volunteer fire departments.

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The parade lasts a little over an hour. Fireworks following the parade were added in 2004, and the CHS One Mile Road Race beforehand began in 2009. This year will be the 6th Annual “Route 50 Mile” and will be run five minutes before the parade directly down the parade route. The race is presented by Community Human Services and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business and Professional Association. For information, contact CHS at 518-399-4624.

The BH-BL BPA raises funds for the parade through sponsorships, program advertising, and the “Betsy Ross” raffle. Information is available on or on the website. To volunteer, email [email protected] or call 518-399-6778.

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