'Chatham For The Holidays' This Year's Parade Theme

By: Tim Wood

Topics: Holidays

Chatham's Independence Day parade. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – “Chatham For The Holidays” is the theme for this year's Fourth of July parade.

Independence Day Parade committee chairman Brad Schiff announced the theme at Tuesday's board of selectmen meeting, explaining that it represents the idea that Chatham is a “great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year, no matter when they fall.”

The theme was submitted to the group by long-time summer visitor Courtney Cratty, he said. Parade participants will use the theme to guide the creation of entries in the popular event, which draws thousands to downtown Chatham. This summer the Independence Day holiday falls on a Tuesday.

“We announce it this time of year so those with considerably creative talent can begin designing and constructing their entry,” Schiff said.

Entry forms for the parade will become available at the beginning of March. They can be downloaded from the committee's webpage, chathamparade.com, or the town's website, www.chatham-ma.gov. The forms will also be emailed to previous parade participants.

New in this year's parade will be an additional category for best family float, Schiff said. The goal is to try to encourage more families to enter the parade. Last year's overall winning float, a puppet pirate ship by the Bridge Street Buccaneers, was the creation of a group of families from that neighborhood.

Nominations for parade grand marshal will open at the beginning of May and be due by the end of the month, Schiff added.

“It's less than five months away,” he said of the parade. “It's crazy.”