Ulster County volunteer firefighters hold annual parade

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TOWN OF ULSTER – Ulster
Avenue was closed to traffic Saturday afternoon, for over an hour, to
make way for the 83rd annual Ulster County Volunteer Firefighters Association
parade. Nearly every local firehouse sent participants and equipment for
the event.
Over 1,000 people lined the parade route, which stretched about a mile through the Town of Ulster, beginning at the Ulster County Business Resource Center, along Ulster Avenue, and ending at Tech City at Boices Lane, by way of Morton Boulevard.
Near perfect parade weather prevailed on Sunday, warm but with lower humidity, a big improvement from the muggy conditions of the past week. Each brigade marched in the heat in their formal dress uniforms along the avenue.
Included in the procession, were public officials, marching bands, antique fire engines, ladies auxiliaries, county color guards, and numerous first responders. Visiting marching bands also appeared from Maybrook, Newburgh, Westchester County, and New Jersey.

Firefighters, bands and more, participated

Walker Valley vintage fire truck

 
Volunteer Firefighters Association President Frank Fauble III said the event helps boost morale, showing appreciation for the local volunteer firefighters and first responders, giving thanks for their year of service. He called the turnout on Saturday “an awesome show of support.”
Parades such as these allow the public to see their heroic firefighters in a rare situation where they are not in danger. Every day, as sirens blare, the fire trucks zoom through our communities rushing into harm’s way. Bouquets of flowers carried by certain officers are held in remembrance to their fallen brethren.
John Avery III of the Ellenville Fire Department received the Firefighter of the Year Award; and West Hurley Fire Company received the Unit Citation Award. This year’s parade was originally scheduled to take place in Milton.
Town of Ulster Police helped divert traffic along the strip, with the assistance of Kingston Police.