COLONIE — Everyone loves a parade.
Especially when it was held to celebrate a centennial. Or, in this case 100+1.
The Village of Colonie continued its 100th birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a parade down Central Avenue. The 3.3-square-mile village was incorporated in 1921 but, out of an abundance of caution, postponed centennial activities until this year.
The parade’s grand marshal was Mayor Tom Tobin and his wife Lyn and the procession included a number of dignitaries, bands, fire trucks and firefighters, cheerleaders, floats, DPW apparatus and police officers.
The centennial celebration began in May with an open house at the village complex off Central Avenue and continued in July with a birthday picnic at Cook Park.
The parade on Sept. 17 kicked off on Walker Way and continued to Jupiter Lane to Central Avenue down Lincoln Avenue to Cook Park. Traffic was reduced to one lane for both directions while village marchers took over its main thoroughfare from the passing motorists that usually dominate.
The 100+1 celebration will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a diner reception at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension. It will feature a Roaring 20s theme in recognition of when the village was officially founded.
Photos by Jim Franco and Colonie High junior Emmali Lanfear (check our more of her work on Instagram: photos_by_Emmali_)
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