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Tonawanda-North Tonawanda firefighters parade to be held Saturday

One of the oldest traditions in the Twin Cities continues Saturday afternoon when the Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Fire Departments march together in the annual Firefighters’ Day Parade. The two departments have been marching together for 135 years.

Modern and antique fire apparatus will lead the marchers. “Most all of the fire companies will also include a marching band with their unit making this parade one of the most musical parades in the area,” Tonawanda Fire Chief Charles Stuart said in a news release.

Prior to the parade, both departments will perform a formal inspection of all equipment and personnel.

In Tonawanda, all volunteer and career members will report to Fire Headquarters where the inspection will take place at 12:30 p.m. In North Tonawanda the inspection of personnel and apparatus will take place in front of City Hall on Payne Avenue. The public is also invited to observe the inspection process in both cities.

This year’s parade will start at North Tonawanda City Hall. The route will have marchers travel south on Payne, west on Goundry Street, south on Webster Street, cross over the Renaissance Bridge to Tonawanda onto Main Street, east on Broad Street and end at Broad and William Street in Tonawanda.