FMSA seeks entrants for annual parade

The Fairfield Main Street Association is looking for entrants for its annual Independence Day Parade. Entry forms were due June 18, so there will be a late fee charge.

The event will start at 10 a.m. July 4. The parade route runs along Texas Street between Taylor and Washington streets. Fairfield’s Channel 26 will broadcast the parade for those who are unable to attend.

This year’s parade theme is “A Star-Spangled Salute to America’s Heroes.” Awards and ribbons will be presented in 28 categories, with Sweepstakes Trophies for Best Use of Theme, and Grand Sweepstakes. Every entry will receive a certificate of participation. A Parade Awards Ceremony will take place July 13 at the City Council Chamber at 1000 Webster Street.

There is a special twist for this year’s parade grand marshal as it will honor not just one individual, but rather an entire family: the Lanza Family of Wooden Valley Winery. The Lanzas are celebrating 85 years of winemaking in Fairfield.

“We couldn’t imagine a more deserving family to honor as our Independence Day Parade grand marshals, said Executive Director Margaret Manzo in a press release. “The Lanza family and Wooden Valley Winery do so much for our community that it was an easy decision for the Promotions Committee.”

Before the parade, community members can show their appreciation by treating a first responder to breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Boy Scout Troop 482 Pancake Breakfast at the Fairfield Moose Lodge, located at 623 Taylor Street. Breakfast is $6 per person and includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Tickets may be purchased or donated to a first responder in advance here

This event is open to the public and to-go boxes will be available. For more information, visit website or call 422.0103.