Weather Update: The Parade is On, but No Parking at Waterworks Park

Monday May 28th

10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Community Day afterwards at Waterworks Park

Waterworks Field is soggy from all the rain, and any vehicle that parks there is likely to get stuck in the mud.  So please plan to park elsewhere, such as in the Trappe Shopping Center, the parking lots of the businesses along Main St., or on E. First Ave.  Another option is School St. in Collegeville behind the C-T Public Works Office or on Eighth Ave.  And if you don’t mind walking four blocks or so, the Ursinus College parking lot off E. Ninth Ave. and the lots behind the Ursinus dorms on Main St. offer ample parking.

This year’s Collegeville and Trappe area parade will still start at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 (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.

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 60 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 500 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 in tribute 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.”

Mark your calendar to attend with your family!  More information is available on www.collegevilledevelopment.org, or contact the CEDC at manager@collegevilledevelopment.org or CEDC President Cathy Kernen at catherine.kernen@comcast.net or call us at 610 409 0370.