The parade was cancelled due to rain!
Special 2017 Remembrance Ceremony “They answered the Call”
Memorial Day marks a day to honor those who gave their lives for our country. 2017 is also the 300 th Anniversary of Trappe Borough, so this year’s parade and ceremony will have a special focus on those Trappe residents who served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam and Middle East Wars.
This year’s Collegeville and Trappe area parade will start at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 (no rain date). The parade route begins at Augustus Lutheran Church at 717 W. Main St. in Trappe, then proceeds down Main St. to Waterworks Park. The parade ends at the park at noon with a Remembrance Observance followed by a Community Day which will feature great food, live music, and free entertainment and games for kids.
The non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) and the Trappe 300th Anniversary Committee have volunteered their time and energy to bring this parade to the community this year.
This year’s parade will include more music and historic re-enactors and is expected to be bigger and better than before! There will be new floats decorated by residents and groups along with perennial favorites. The parade will be about a mile long and will be comprised of over 50 groups representing our veterans, military, non-profit groups, service clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, marching bands, decorated floats, dancers, antique vehicles and special brigades.
Each year about 800 individuals take part in the parade and over 3,000 adults and children come out to watch along the parade route and attend the events at the park. A number of armed forces groups will be represented along with the Gold Star Mothers, who have lost a son or daughter in the military, and the Blue Star Mothers, who have a son or daughter currently serving. Several motorcycle and other groups are expected to be riding intribute to our military.
Volunteers will hand out flags and programs to the spectators along the route. Children and families will enjoy giveaways from the parade participants and also at the parade’s end at Waterworks Park. Those watching the parade should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to shady spots along Main Street in Trappe from Seventh Avenue down to First Avenue. Plenty of great viewing spots are available!
At the end of the parade, viewers should fall into the parade behind the EMS vehicle and walk to Waterworks Park for a short Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony by the pastors of the area churches. The Remembrance Ceremony will feature buglers, a ceremonial flag raising, a Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, and singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”