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Spectators Brave Heat for Yorktown Fire Parade

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Hundreds of spectators braved the scorching temperatures Wednesday evening in downtown Yorktown to watch the annual Yorktown Engine Company No. 1 firefighters' parade.

The parade, a tradition that stems back to the 1920s, is the kickoff for the Fire Department's fundraising carnival, which runs through Sunday.

Denise Martinez, 56, a Yorktown High School graduate who traveled from Wappingers Falls, said she has been attending the parade since she was 12.

"It's my hometown. Gotta show support," Martinez said. "It's nice. It makes you feel like small-town U.S.A. again. Now I bring my grandson. Pass the torch."

Andrew Weinstein, a nine-year resident of Katonah, said his family attends the parade every year. His wife, Rebecca, grew up in Yorktown.

"We like to show our support for the fire departments and first responders in the community," he said.

Weinstein said the weather always seems to present challenges for the parade, noting that last year it rained.

"The rain didn't keep us away last year," he said. "I'm trying to think which is worse."

Firefighters, police and ambulance corps volunteers from as far as Yonkers participated in the procession, along with several marching bands. The parade ended at the field behind the firehouse at Commerce Street and Veterans Road, where adults and children enjoyed lemonade, cotton candy, fried dough and other carnival delicacies.

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