DANVILLE — The committee planning the parade celebrating the 100th birthday of the Frank W. Sidler Post of the Danville American Legion is seeking marching bands.
So far, the Penn York Highlanders and Pennsylvania Army National Guard 28th Division Infantry Band have committed to march, said committee Chairwoman Jane VonBlohn.
The parade forms at 3 p.m. July 20 at Paper Magic, off East Market Street, and moves at 5 p.m. along East Market, Mill and Lower Mulberry streets to Ferry Street, where Cole's Hardware will host a block party. Fireworks, in conjunction with the Danville Heritage Festival, begin at dusk.
The Danville Legion was founded in June of 1919. Congress chartered the American Legion organization in March of 1919.
VonBlohn said they are looking for more organizations, including Boy and Girl Scout troops, to participate.
Anyone interested in being part of the parade should call VonBlohn at 570-275-4863.
She received word that Post 38, of Schuylkill Haven, plans to bring a float with music. The Salamanders local band will have a float with music.
She expects a number of military vehicles, including a submarine on a trailer and a helicopter on a trailer. Knoebels Amusement Resorts plans to bring a float. The Ronald McDonald House will enter along with antique tractors.
Classic cars, which will be part of a show along Mill Street earlier in the day, are expected to be part of the parade.
Sheriffs from at least 40 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania plan to participate, she said.
Parade committee member Deanna Force said fire police from Catawissa, Bloomsburg, Danville, Northumberland and Sunbury will handle traffic control for the parade.
Among those expected to participate are Smokey the Bear, the Columbia County Posse of horses, Hunts for Healing, Hunts of a Lifetime, Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Legion Riders Motorcyclists from Dushore and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The Danville Legion Honor Guard will lead the parade. Also participating from the Legion will be the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary. The Danville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Catawissa Legion will be part of the parade.
The parade committee will next meet at 6 p.m. June 19 in the Danville Legion.
People can buy commemorative coffee mugs, beer mugs, license plates, T-shirts and hats at the Legion, along with limited edition commemorative turkey calls. About 10 turkey calls remain and can be ordered from parade committee member Grant Fritz at 570-951-6327.