By Karen Blackledge
For The Daily Item
While the bands have been booked, people are needed to march in the Iron Heritage Festival Parade.
“We need floats, walking groups and individual walkers,” said Jane VonBlohn, parade chairman.
The parade will be July 19 and prizes will be awarded. Last year was the first time prizes were presented.
So far, the parade has two divisions depending upon how many people sign up to participate. There is no charge to enter.
Those marching are asked to dress in something related to the 1800s through the 1950s. “Those years give people a whole lot to choose from,” VonBlohn said.
This year’s festival theme is “The Civil War Years.”
Prizes will be awarded to floats, walking groups and the oldest antique car. There may be a prize among those pre-registering.
“We are hoping that many businesses, churches, individuals and organizations will decide to participate in this parade to help remember the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,” she said.
In keeping with the Civil War theme, she said every kid will receive a bag of penny candy with a peppermint stick. That’s what children would have gotten years ago in a parade.
Parade applications are available at Cole’s Hardware on Ferry Street, Beiter’s Department Store on Mill Street, Danville borough offices on Mill Street and the festival headquarters, also on Mill Street. People can call VonBlohn for applications at (570) 275-4863.
Leading the parade will be Danville American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard and Color Guard.
Jerry Dennen’s Civil War Honor Guard from Riverside will lead the second division.
The parade forms at 5:30 p.m. and moves at 7 p.m. from Iron Town Commerce Center (formerly TRW), at East Market and Railroad streets.
The parade continues along East Market Street to Mill Street, Lower Mulberry Street and disbands at Cole’s Hardware where there will be entertainment.
Participants will include the Dodworth Saxhorn Band from Michigan focusing on Civil War music. They will be the lead band and will play at Cole’s Hardware lot after the parade. They have appeared at the Iron Heritage Festival twice before.
James Getty portraying Abraham Lincoln and will serve as parade grand marshal. “We are extremely pleased that Mr. Getty will be participating in our festival this year. He will be driven in a carriage, along with one or two Union generals,” VonBlohn said.
The Excelsior Cornet Band of Rochester, N.Y, will be back for the second time for the festival. They will be in full uniform and perform after the parade at Mill and Lower Mulberry streets.
The Confederation of Union Generals, portraying famous generals from the Union Army, will be part of this year’s festival with many marching in the parade and a few on horseback. There will be many uniformed members of different Union units along with some from units from the South marching.
Three members of the Union Fife and Drum Corps, of Rochester, N.Y., will be marching.
Also participating will be the Danville Community Band.
The 93rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry re-enactors will be part of the parade and will carry a replica of a flag given to the regiment at the end of the Civil War. “They are very excited to be the first to carry this flag that lists all the battles of the unit. Co. H of this regiment was from Montour County,” VonBlohn said.
The Montour County Historical Society owns the flag and commissioned the replication of the original flag. The unit will also be on hand July 20 during festival events at the Danville Middle School.