Pittsfield July 4th parade organizers seeking funding
The nostalgia of Hollywood movie classics will take over this year's 4th of July Parade in Pittsfield. Our Brandon Walker gets a sneak peak at what you'll see this summer and tells us whether tight finances will result in organizers cutting back.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- As crews continue the StreetScape project along North Street, organizers of a sight much more pleasant are mapping out details for this year's big event.
"Whatever the people's imagination can come up with," said Peter Marchetti, coordinator, Pittsfield Parade, as he described float designs.
Though, imagination must follow this year's Pittsfield 4th of July parade theme of Movie Classics.
"I think, based on the theme, even if people pick the same movie, we're going to come up with different variations of that," Marchetti said.
Parade organizers looking for participants. The parade, a Pittsfield tradition, though, one that relies on fundraising to survive. And that's been a challenge over the past few years.
"This year, we've scaled back some and are looking for an $85,000 parade."
The financial structure set up so that they're always one parade ahead. Though, that's not the case this year, and hasn't been the case for some time. Instead of having $90,000 in the bank, they've got $45,000
Despite that, Marchetti says things will go on as planned.
"We're going to try to minimize mail-ins and the website as much as we can and emails to minimize regular office costs."
Changes, Marchetti says, won't alter what you'll see on parade day. Though, down the line, having less money in bank could prove challenging.
"Going forward it may mean less contracts for musical units until the money's in the bank to be able to stand by those contracts," Marchetti said.
If you're interested in participating in this year's parade, visit www.pittsfieldparade.com.