Plymouth: County Comes to the Aid of America’s Hometown Parade

In Plymouth, at their meeting yesterday, the County Commissioners vote to approve the use of their Banker’s Lot warehouse for storage of floats for the America’s Hometown Parade.

Commissioner Greg Hanley says upon hearing of the need of storage facilities for the parade floats, Commissioners offered one of their buildings for that use:

“We had an empty building over on the Banker’s Lot, which is across route 3, between the Police Station and the jail, that has been vacant for about 9 years. There was a need, public interest and we decided to support America’s Hometown Parade with allowing them to store their floats there.”

Ollie deMacedo has been organizing the parade for 23 years. He thanked the Commissioners for what he called a Thanksgiving miracle.

“We’re two days out. We have no place to go and for them to show up at the llth hour and supply a building for us that we can house the floats temporarily until we get an official home long-term is just a great thing.”

About 20 large floats are now stored at the old Sears building at the Kingston Collection mall:

“We’re loosing the Sears building because they’re going to be demolishing that in order to build condominiums.

The parade kicks off this Saturday morning, the 23rd with the opening ceremony at 10:30 at the waterfront.

“But, if you miss it you can watch it on Channel 5 at 12:30 on Thanksgiving morning.”

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.