BURNT HILLS -- Nothing screams “red, white and blue” quite like a mile-long road race and some fireworks.
This year marks the 18th annual Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Flag Day Parade, which takes place today at 7 p.m. on Route 50, from Kingsbury Road to Forest Road. The celebration will recognize local historian and retired history teacher Rick Reynolds. Reynolds documents Ballston’s history on his YouTube channel and has talked with the Gazette in the past about his historical video work.
During the parade, the City of Albany Pipe Band, Scotia Glenville Pipe Band, Village Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps, Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga, Avant Garde Alumni Drumline and DownBeat Percussion will all be performing patriotic pieces. Although the celebration starts at 7 p.m., attendees are invited to participate in the annual Route 50 Mile race that takes place at 6:50 p.m and follows directly along the parade route.
The parade began in 2002 as a result of the “patriotic feelings that swept the nation” following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the event’s website. The event’s fireworks were then included soon after in 2004 and veterans have historically been parade grand marshals.
This year is no different, as fireworks will follow a performance from BH-BL High School rock band Paper Plates.
More than 100 businesses and individuals are either sponsoring or have donated to this year’s event.
Organizers are expecting the parade to take place rain or shine.