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  • Ferraro named Canal Celebration parade grand marshal

  • John Ferraro is going to find himself in familiar surroundings when he lines up for the annual Canal Celebration parade on Friday.

    “It’s nothing new for me,” Ferraro said during a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon. “I was in the parade, but now I’m retired. I thought I was done with marching. I guess I’m not marching, though, I’m going to ride.”

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  • John Ferraro is going to find himself in familiar surroundings when he lines up for the annual Canal Celebration parade on Friday.
    “It’s nothing new for me,” Ferraro said during a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon. “I was in the parade, but now I’m retired. I thought I was done with marching. I guess I’m not marching, though, I’m going to ride.”
    Ferraro, a retired Little Falls High School band instructor, will have the distinction of being the grand marshal for the Silver Anniversary Grande Parade, which will start Friday evening at 6 p.m.
    Ferraro was a staple of the parade for several years, along with his marching band students before he retired more than ten years ago. “It’s going to bring back a lot of memories,” he said.
    Ferraro, who taught at the school for 30 years, said his students participated annually during his tenure. He said there wasn’t much participation the first few years, so instead they performed as a kazoo band. He said he then told students they were giving back to their community by participating.
    “Then we’d get 75 to 100 kids and we would do it and all felt good about it,” he said on Thursday. “It’s our hometown and it gives back to the community.”
    Now Ferraro will find himself back in the line-up after being chosen as the grand marshal.
    “It’s an honor,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, it won’t rain.”
    Roger Stock, one of the organizers for the Canal Celebration parade, said the forecast does show rain, but that carries on the tradition of rainy weather that has accompanied the event.
    Stock said on Thursday organizers try to think of someone unique to serve as grand marshal, when he thought of Ferraro. “He always put the city school band in our parade and, for our 25th year, I couldn’t think of anyone more fitting to be in the grand marshal position,” he said.
    Stock also said the school’s band program has shown a commitment to the parade.
    “Even with the budget cuts, they always found ways to be there,” said Stock about the Little Falls High School Marching Band. “When they started with budget cuts, we lost a lot of school bands.”
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