The New Windsor Fire Department won best overall in the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association annual dress inspection parade held in the Hamlet of Wallkill yesterday. The Cronomer Valley Fire Department also left with six new trophies to add to their collection.
The annual parade has been traditionally held throughout the Lake George region. Last year’s parade was scheduled for the Town of Ulster, but was cancelled due to COVID. The parade brought together dozens of volunteer fire departments from across the region to compete for trophies in multiple categories and classes.
The parade is part of a four-day convention held every year. The convention consists of several meetings, a golf outing, a Mardi Gras parade, the inspection parade, and trophy presentations. It includes fire departments from Westchester County to Albany.
The New Windsor Fire Department earned “Best Overall” in the parade, the top and most prestigious award given out. The firefighters were led by The Franklin Band. Each fire department hires a marching band to follow behind, which in part helps the firefighters to remain in step while marching.
Also, the Cronomer Valley Fire Department from the Town of Newburgh walked away with six trophies. They earned: Best Appearing Color Guard; 2nd Place in Men’s Class A; Most Outstanding Men’s and Ladies Auxiliary Combined Unit; Best Overall Ladies Auxiliary Unit; Most in Line of March for the Auxiliary Unit; and Best Theme in the Mardi Gras Parade.
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