|100th Anniversary Parade Information - PARADE IS STILL ON!|
|By First Assistant Fire Chief Graham Glauber|
|August 25, 2023|
We're gearing up for our big 100th anniversary parade and celebration!
LAST UPDATED 9/9/23 - 8:30 a.m.
THE PARADE IS STILL ON! A reminder that our decision point is 12 p.m. today.
The event will be held on Saturday, September 9th, with a parade step off of 4 p.m.
The parade will start at Court Road and Route 22 (Old Post Road), go south through Bedford Village, and make a left turn onto Greenwich Road, finishing at Bedford Village Park.
The reviewing stand will be located in front of Historical Hall, at 608 Old Post Road across from the Village Green.
PARADE INFO (PUBLIC)
This parade will be much different from our usual route, and will have many more companies in attendance. We are expecting 36 departments from Westchester, Putnam, Duchess and Fairfield counties.
We encourage spectators to line up along the sides of Route 22 starting at Court Road, and along the Village Green/sidewalk in front of the historic cemetery, and along 172 to the Greenwich Road traffic light.
We need to keep the sidewalk on Greenwich Road clear for those walking between the parade and the Bedford Village Park. You may still view the parade on the north side of Greenwich Road (Pleasant Street side).
We expect the parade to last from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Please note the new firehouse will not be open to the public during this event.
CELEBRATION AT THE PARK
The celebration at the Bedford Village Park will commence around 5:15 - 5:30 p.m., at the completion of the parade. There will be food, refreshments and drinks available for free at the park, as well as inflatable bounce houses, face painting, an ice cream truck, and live music. All apparatus in the parade will be parked in the Park, so the public will be able to check out the equipment up close. T-shirts, mugs and posters will be available for sale from the BFD. Trophies will be presented to attending companies on the stage at the Park around 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks will be set off on the far (south) ballfields at the Park around 8:30 p.m. Spectators should bring chairs/blankets and set up following trophies around 7:30 p.m. The best place for viewing is on the field closest to the playground equipment, as well as the main field where our celebration will be held (closest to Greenwich Road).
Shuttle buses will continue to run between designated stops/parking areas before and after fireworks. See info below.
Roads along the parade route will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (estimated) by Bedford Police. Motorists will need to use Indian Hill, Guard Hill Road, Clark Road, Middle Patent/East Middle Patent Road and Cedar Hill Road in North Castle to detour during this time.
The following roads will be closed to traffic during the parade: Old Post Road (Greenwich Road to Guard Hill Road), Greenwich Road (Old Post Road to Baylis Lane), Spruce Pond Lane, Pleasant Street, Southbrook Road, Court Road, Seminary Road, Tarleton Road.
PARKING AND SHUTTLE BUSES (Look for the RED and WHITE signs)
There will be three shuttle buses (school buses) running a loop between the above stops between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Service will be limited during the parade (4 to 5:15 p.m.), but will still cycle between Fox Lane, Hunting Ridge Mall and our firehouse during that time.
THERE IS NO PUBLIC PARKING AT BEDFORD VILLAGE PARK or on Spruce Pond Lane - this area will be reserved for fire apparatus at the conclusion of the parade. Additional "no parking" zones will be posted by Bedford PD near the parade route in advance.
We encourage attendees to walk from the Village to the Park following the completion of the parade. This is a short walk which takes 5-10 minutes.
LINE UP INFO (FIRE/EMS DEPARTMENTS)
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE GOING TO BE FACING THE WRONG WAY DOWN COURT ROAD (pointing south towards Bedford Village).
Band parking will be available at the small parking lot at Bedford Village Elementary School, 45 Court Road, and our Firehouse, 550 Old Post Road. Any departments trailering antique apparatus can leave their trailers at our firehouse.
All departments will have received a full line up package by Friday, September 1st - by both mail and email. Please make sure you have the current and REVISED copy.
At this time there is no rain date for the parade. The decision point will be 12-noon the day of to cancel. There will still be food/drinks available under tents at the Bedford Village Park, and the fireworks will have a rain date of Sunday, September 10th. Monitor this website and our Facebook and Instagram pages for the most up to date information.
For any questions about the event you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you there!