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Monday, July 07, 2014 - Updated: 10:37 AM


NORTHVILLE -- The sound of Scottish bagpipes, fire truck horns and children laughing could be heard Saturday during Northville's annual Doins festival parade.

The parade, which stretched along the village's Main Street, featured vintage cars, fire trucks, floats, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, horses and many local organizations.

One unique aspect of the parade was that it was emceed from beginning to end by local natives Christopher Edwards and Barbara Sperry.

"As a kid I remember during the Doins parade they would set up a grandstand and announce who was coming up in the parade," Edwards said. "I remember seeing the excitement on people's faces and when that tradition of announcing the parades stopped, the excitement dissipated, too. I think telling the parade-goers about who they're looking at helps draw them in more."

Edwards and Sperry both said they thought Northville's parade was one of the best in the area, bringing in hundreds of viewers.

This was the second year in a row they announced the parade together and they said it was a great success.

"This is without a doubt my favorite thing to do," Sperry said. "It's so fun watching everyone enjoy themselves today."

Sperry said she was worried the weather wouldn't cooperate with them Saturday because of Thursday's storms but with sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80s and a slight breeze, she was more than satisfied with the weather.

"I heard certain events were canceled or postponed and I was worried today's weather wouldn't be nice," she said, "but it's absolutely beautiful; it's perfect today."

Edwards said his favorite part of the parade was the Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band.

"When they came through playing their bagpipes I was just mesmerized, I loved it," he said.

Sperry said her favorite part of the parade has always been seeing the children.

"The children, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, all of them, they're the true magic during a parade," she said. "Now that I'm older, watching them run around and have fun is what I really look forward to."

Edwards agreed.

"It's beautiful the contrast between young and old here during the parade," he said.

Saturday's parade included a float contest between local businesses. The winner of the contest was Lexington for its creation of an "Adirondackers" float featuring taxidermied deer, turkeys, a bear and coyotes set in faux tree branches representing Adirondack wildlife. The runner-up was Sacandaga Park for its float the "Adirondack Wild, Wild Saloon" featuring a fake cowboy shoot-out which sent confetti into the air.

Other eventful sights in the parade were Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts shooting the crowds with water guns, fire trucks tossing out candy to youngsters, and a country dance routine by Northville's Timeless Tavern employees.

Gloversville residents Pat and Joe Aesch said Saturday was their first time at Northville's parade -- and they loved it.

"This is such a magnificent parade," Pat said. "I can't get over how many people are here."

"This is just a wonderful event and a real good time," Joe added.

The parade even attracted tourists from out of the country.

"I really liked the music in the parade," Maelys Johammo, a foreign exchange student from Paris, said.

Johammo said Paris has parades but they're slightly different than Northville's.

"This was a little different, but I liked it," she said.

Her new friends, Phoebe Gilbert and Mary Muyer, also had a good time.

"We're from Hudson visiting our grandmother and we came here to the parade," Muyer said. "I also really liked the different music."

Gilbert, on the other hand, liked something else.

"It was pretty fun when we got shot with the water guns, I enjoyed that," she said.

The parade was part of Northville's annual Doins festival, which took place at the Northville Waterfront Park.

The two-day festival featured musical performances, homemade games, a dunking booth, food, various vendors, a zip line, a mechanical bull and jousting games.


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