Battle of Plattsburgh anniversary parade draws large crowds

The Battle of Plattsburgh Anniversary Parade was held on Saturday, September 10. Hundreds of people gathered in the streets of Plattsburgh to honor the historic significance of the city.

“The local story that changed the world happened here on September 11, 1814,” says Norm Lavigne, a resident of Peru.

“This is one of the crucial battles of [the war of 1812]and [this battle] really defined the United States as a nation,” says Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest.

“I think a lot of the time Plattsburgh’s history is overlooked even locally, so it was really important that our kids know the local history as well,” says New Yorker Ruth Baker.

Plattsburgh was at the forefront of one of the greatest battles of the War of 1812.

“The British had over 10,000 troops from Canada marching to Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh had maybe 1,500 regular militiamen,” says Tom Donahue, president of 1914 Commemoration Inc.

Despite the disparity – Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeated British troops on Lake Champlain.

“If that hadn’t happened we might not speak English here, we might have a little British accent today,” says Donahue.

The spectators of the parade came dressed for the occasion.

“We did our best to find Plattsburgh’s groundbreaking colonial battle as best we could on the internet,” says Lavigne. “We found a colonial aristocrat, I think I’m a George Washington impersonation and he’s a colonial general.”

“I’m wearing an aristocratic costume,” says little Marcus Lavigne.

“We just decided to wear the outfits to be more authentic and represent the house,” says Baker.

“It’s the Battle of Plattsburgh, [so] you’re going to have to dress up a bit for a period,” says Rosenquest. “I put this together [and] messed up a bit. »

Many enjoyed this year’s parade.

“From the bagpipes to the feathers of the basketball team, it’s great,” says Plattsburgh resident Agin Mark. “I almost wish I could go to college in Plattsburgh.”

Students from SUNY Plattsburgh were also present.

“It’s a great way for the college to develop that good relationship between the city and the dress,” says Plattsburgh student Michael Casey.

The pipers were happy to see large crowds.

“Even when I was little, when I heard bagpipes, it stirred up emotions in people,” said Plattsburgh police bagpiper and drummer Chris Ford. “It’s great with any musical when you have people around. [When] people are excited, it adds to the whole and makes us feel more important.

The celebration in Plattsburgh will continue on Sunday, September 11. There will be a fire truck pullout where teams of firefighters will compete to pull a 40,000 pound fire truck. Vintage cars and bands will also be on display. Events will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.