Memorial Day Parade Set for Honesdale

Parade to continue after year-long hiatus

OWEN WALSH
Posted 5/19/21

HONESDALE, PA — After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Honesdale Memorial Day Parade is on for this year, though it will look a bit different than it has in the past.

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Memorial Day Parade Set for Honesdale

Parade to continue after year-long hiatus

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HONESDALE, PA — After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Honesdale Memorial Day Parade is on for this year, though it will look a bit different than it has in the past.

Jessica Pachuta, representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), spoke at the last Honesdale Borough Council meeting to present the modified plan for this year’s parade, scheduled for Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m.

In a typical year, the parade begins at Veteran’s Park (near the Honesdale Pool), runs down North Main Street into Main Street and ends at the CVS on the other side of town. Doing so requires more than two dozen state-certified traffic controllers; the cost and training required for that many traffic controllers were causing some hurdles, Pachuta said. To avoid these obstacles, the parade is being rerouted to begin around Fourth Street, where it usually ends, and move north on Main Street toward Ninth Street, turn right and head toward Central Park.

“By doing this, it cuts the parade in more than half, and then, I only need 10 to 12 traffic controllers,” she said.

In addition to a shorter route, the duration of the parade itself will also be abridged this year.

“We definitely are not trying to come out and have the biggest and the best parade Honesdale has ever seen,” Pachuta said. “Our intention is certainly to have something to continue the tradition in a safe manner that honors the veterans and those whose lives we have lost, but doing it in a respectful manner as well.”

To avoid congestion on Fourth Street, the borough will close Fifth Street on the day of the parade to allow participant vehicles to line up there. Motorists attempting to travel through the borough during the parade will be able to turn onto Commercial Street.

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