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Loyalty Day Parade, City-Wide Garage Sale on tap in Batavia

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:56 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Between the 40th annual Batavia Loyalty Day Parade and the Batavia City-Wide Garage Sale that benefits the Batavia Fireworks Fund, there will be no shortage of activities this weekend in Batavia.

For those who like to shop for bargains, the 21st annual Batavia City-Wide Garage Sale will be on Friday and Saturday. Participants pay a $30 registration fee to list their addresses in the garage sales. The fees collected will go to the Batavia Fireworks Fund.

Garage sale maps are available starting today at several locations, including the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., and the Batavia Park District office, 327 W. Wilson St.

The city's Fourth of July fireworks and funded solely through private donations. Donations may be made at the Batavia Access Fireworks Committee's website, www.bataviafireworks.org.

The city once again will come together as a community during Sunday's 40th annual Batavia VFW Loyalty Day Parade. Loyalty Day was established by Congress in the 1950s as a Cold War response to the communist May Day parades in the Soviet Union and China.

The Cold War ended, but the Batavia Loyalty Day has remained a strong tradition since 1975.

"The community is very proud to have this ongoing parade," said Batavia VFW member Andy Franke, who is this year's parade chairman. "There are a lot of people who grew up going to the parade."

"Kilroy Was Here," a popular phrase during World War II, is the theme for Sunday's parade, and Cliff Bartelt, longtime Batavia Loyalty Day volunteer and participant, will be grand marshal for the parade.

The Batavia Community Band will provide musical entertainment for spectators. The parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Raddant Road and Wilson Street on the city's east side and will continue west on Wilson to Route 25. It then will proceed south to the Batavia VFW post at 645 S. River St.

Route 25 traffic will be detoured to Route 31 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Wilson Street will be closed between Island Avenue and Woodland Hills Road during the entirety of the event, including the Wilson Street bridge.

Traffic will be detoured to the Fabyan Parkway and Route 56 bridges during the closure.

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