Parade is a West Chester first
WEST CHESTER Fire trucks and floats are expected to rumble through West Chester on Saturday to celebrate the 175th birthday of an all-volunteer fire company in the city. For the first time in the hundred-year history of the Pennsylvania Firemen's Association, the group is bringing its annual parade to West Chester, and it will honor the city's Fame Fire Company No. 3.
More than 1,000 firefighters from across the state will join local and statewide marching bands, antique cars and horse carriages on a route that starts at Market and New Streets, winds through the business district, and ends at the fire station on South Matlack Street.
The parade, scheduled to begin at noon and end around 3 p.m., will shut down the downtown area.
"People will be able to come out and interact with the people who protect them while they sleep," said Ryan McCabe, a Fame firefighter for 18 years. "And it's great for the firefighters to see their community is out to cheer them on." - Michaelle Bond