Community in unity for Canandaigua’s July 4th parade

Blistering heat was no match for hometown patriots Wednesday as thousands lined South Main Street to cheer on the city of Canandaigua’s longest Independence Day parade in recent history.

Under pristine skies and blazing sun, 54 individual parade units powered by more than 1,000 men, women, children and four-legged volunteers made their way down the parade route toward Lakeshore Drive.

Break the Ice Media CEO and owner Nicole Mahoney exhaled as crowds began to disperse and another community-wide event wrapped up successfully under her watch.

“Our theme this year was “One Comm-Unity: Canandaigua Together,” said Mahoney, “so I was happy to see a lot of the entries really take the theme into account and incorporate it into the parade. I liked what the boy scouts did, I liked what the town of Canandaigua did — very creative with their float.”

In fact, all the floats showed an extra boost of imagination, she said.

“This is the longest parade we had in several years,” said Mahoney. “I think a lot of that has to do with an election year, but I was happy to see that those entries were thought through and creative and they really took some time to kind of make a statement and be part of the festivities.”

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