The Archie Car rides in Meredith's 250th anniversary parade. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
August 15, 2018MEREDITH — One big birthday party rolled down Main Street Saturday morning, and partiers from all over the community came out in floats, costumes, and much more for Meredith's 250th Anniversary Parade.
The parade got underway Saturday morning at Middleton Building Supply and went down Main Street, then turning down Route 3, and making its way down Maple Street and Mill Street back to Middleton Building supply. Crowds line all sides of the streets to watch the over hour-long parade.
The grand marshals were Marjory Lee and Gordon Whitcher, both retired Inter-Lakes High School teachers.
The parade featured decorated floats from numerous businesses (including the Meredith News), organizations, scout troops, families, and more from around Meredith and further areas. There were five different bands including the Inter-Lakes High School Marching Band
The Meredith Fire Department rolled out several pieces of apparatus from the old Wamesit pumper and the Wamesit engine to the newer Tower 1 truck. Trucks also took part from fire departments in Center harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Bristol, Campton-Thornton, Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid as well as Stewart's Ambulance.
The parade featured a guest appearance by the Moxie Mobile as well as Leapin' Lena, the leaping truck.
Parade Committee member Chris Kelly said they had around 127 individual elements in the parade.
"The community came together and they created the best parade that I have ever been part of," Kelly said.
The parade was organized by members of the 250th Anniversary Committee's Parade Committee.
"We've been working in this parade for 19 months," Kelly said. "We had a solid group of seven individuals on a committee that put it together."
Kelly said Middleton was essential and thanked them for letting the parade use their property.
He said the town overall, including the town manager, selectmen, department heads, and many more, have been really supportive through this whole process to make it "a smooth and fun event."
Members of the GMP also volunteered to act as clean-up crew following animal marchers with shovels, hoes, and decorated wheelbarrows.
Selectman Jonathan James said the parade was "a total success." He recognized the work of the police and Public Works.
"The police did an outstanding job regulating traffic," James said. "Public Works did a great job of putting out cones."
James also thanked Middleton Building Supply for their involvement in the parade.
He said they had a lot of people in town and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
"I think the turnout was good, the weather was perfect," James said.