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April showers delay spring parade by a day

TURNERS FALLS — If you hoped to shake off winter’s grip in the Franklin County Spring Parade this Saturday, hang in there for a day. Citing impending weather, organizers have shifted the parade to Sunday.

“It stinks to have to do this, but as the old saying goes — no one likes it to rain on their parade,” organizer Michael Nelson wrote in an announcement to participants.

Aside from the day, nothing has changed.

The parade will make a three-mile loop, departing from the Sheffield building of the Montague Elementary School on Crocker Avenue at 1 p.m. The route runs from Crocker left onto Montague Street, then left onto Turnpike Road, past the Turners Falls High School and left onto Millers Falls Road. At Scotty’s Convenience Store, the parade will turn left onto High Street and end back at Sheffield.

Nelson encourages residents who live along the route to invite friends and family over to watch the parade from their front yards. For others, Nelson recommends the Turners Falls High School for its ample parking.

Food, including the barbecued fare of Cliff’s Smokin’ Backyard Barbeque, will be available for purchase outside Sheffield.

Participants are scheduled to include TFHS softball coach Gary Mullins, as marshal, and rolling creations representing the Montague Soapbox Derby

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