Firefighters’ Parade: Tradition for many families

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Posted: May 3, 2014

The Winchester Star

Antique firetrucks move along Cork Street during the Firefighters’ Parade on Friday. The parade through Winchester was the 82nd edition of the event, which festival organizers bill as the largest and one of the oldest such parades in the world. The parade featured about 110 fire apparatus from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region — from popular antiques dating to the 1800s to modern engines. Including bands (some with color guards, pompom squads and majorettes), vehicles carrying various dignitaries, banner carriers and other entrants, the lineup stretched nearly 200 entrants long.
Ralph Dul, of Hampstead, Md. rides an antique 1918 Ford Model T 250 gallon pumper truck decorated with apple blossoms on Friday in the antique firetrucks division of the Firefighters' Parade. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — From atop the Braddock Street Autopark, Stephens City native Billy Koelker and his friends and family had a bird’s-eye view of the Firefighters’ Parade at the 87th Shenandoah Apple…



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