By Daniel Baldwin
LITTLE FALLS – Friday night’s rain did not stop families from lining the streets of Little Falls to watch the annual Canal Days Grande Parade.
The parade kicked-off the Canal Days Weekend Celebration.
The main purpose for the Canal Days Celebration, according to the city’s website (Littlefallsny.com), was to highlight the convergence of the NYC RR and the Mohawk River, which later started the development of the Historic Erie Canal Community.
The Grande Parade is known for the large amounts of candy handed out to kids, and as a time for family members to get together and hang out.
“The main reason for this event is the community,” Stephanie Treadwell Herkimer County’s Dairy Princess said, “getting together, and having a good time over summer.”
Although other residents, like Rod Youker of Little Falls, said that this parade served as an economical purpose.
“It’s more of a field day for the city of Little Falls,” Youker said. “It is a money-maker, which is a good thing for the local businesses.”
Saturday and Sunday continue Canal Days with Chicks Along the Canal, concerts, Adopt-A-Palooza and a classic car show. Check ValleySide’s calendar of events for more information.