The Pioneer Days Parade is back after not being able to hold it for the past two years due to COVID. 

Organizer, Tessa Masi, is looking forward to this year’s parade. “We’re really pumped. This is going to be our 54th annual Pioneer Days Parade.” 

Masi says everyone is doing their best to make the parade a great celebration. “We have a lot of people behind the scenes that are working hard and making sure that the parade is a huge success.” 

Although she helps a lot with the planning, Masi’s favorite part of the parade is being a part of the float lineup with Island Breeze. “We enjoy seeing all the faces of people that come out to watch the parade and just represent one of the not-for-profits in town.” 

There are plenty of floats entered in the parade this year, and as usual, there will be prizes for the best floats. Categories include historical, animal entry, most creative, and judges choice. 

Awards are handed out prior to the parade, so you will be able to see the awards on the floats as they pass by. 

Masi says it’s going to be a tough job judging the floats. “There are so many great entries and people get really creative, so the most creative one I think is usually the toughest.” 

Main street will be closed down for the parade which starts at 10 AM on Friday, July 29 at the fire hall.