The bands are ready, the marching units are ready, the floats are getting their finishing touches, all in anticipation of the 63rd Annual Fall Foliage Parade, presented by 1Berkshire in cooperation with the City of North Adams. This year's march is this Sunday Sept.30 starting at 1:00 from Ocean State Job Lots on Curran Highway and heading up to Main St. before winding up at the high rise on Ashland St.

Appearing on our Community Insight show Thursday, Parade Director Danielle Pellerin told us to expect a big lineup for this year.  This year's theme is the "Year of the Dog" and a pair of canine co-Grand Marshals, Curby & Seymour, will get the honor of leading the march. Along with many parade standbys like police, fire and emergency units, officials, schools, community groups and businesses, and of course the beloved Shriners, watch for a lot of new groups. Pellerin said several dog-related organizations will join in, encouraged by this year's theme.

Floats and bands make a parade even grander, and Pellerin told us there are about 15 floats expected this year. Local favorite high school bands from Drury, Hoosac Valley, and Pittsfield will be joined by visitors from Torrington and Ichabod Crane High Schools, and the Berkshire Highlanders pipes will be callin' too. The full lineup can be found here.

"Lots of music, lots of fun, lots of dogs, lots of floats", Pellerin said. Great weather is forecast for Sunday, so we're hoping lots of parade-watchers turn out too. I'll be piloting the WNAW vehicle once again, joined by our sister stations WUPE and Live 95.9. Pick out a good spot along the route and we'll look forward to waving to you!

(Please remember the parade route will be closed to traffic starting at 11 A.M. Sunday)