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History

The Troy Flag Day Parade came about in early 1967 during the Viet Nam War.  During this time protests against the war were taking part across the nation.  Many of the protestors were burning the American Flag at their rallies.  This infuriated many Americans and none so more than our veterans from WWII, Korea, and returning veterans from Viet Nam.  In Troy New York former WWII Marine veteran James “Jimmy” Pasinella a postal carrier had had enough of the destruction of the Flag that he and other war veterans decided to get together and do something about it!  With support from his fellow postal workers and various civic organizations including his own Italian Community Center from Troy they decided to have a parade on Troy’s main thoroughfare known as Fourth Street that Sunday June 11ththe Sunday before actual Flag Day.  So little did they know this foray into honoring the flag with only one band, Troy’s famous Doring’s Marching Band along with seventy five to one hundred marchers holding and waving American Flags would grow into one of the largest celebrations honoring “Old Glory” across America!

 

Throughout the years the parade has had many different looks, routes, and positive changes benefiting marchers, spectators, and municipal workers for ease of operations in conducting such a large event.  From early on the date of the parade has always been Sunday the day of, or the Sunday before actual Flag Day June 14th.  There were drum and bugle corps competitions, and later on in years festivals were held in conjunction with the parade weekend.  Most of the profits from these events were donated to the Rensselaer County ARC.

 

The parade has been known to host some of the greatest marching, and drum corps bands throughout the Northeast and Canada.  The parade has consisted of many veteran organizations, military complements, civic groups, police, fire, sheriffs, Boy and Girl Scout troops, athletic groups, TV and radio stations, high school contingents, and many others.  The original Fraternal Groups still marching are the Italian Community Center, Emerald Athletic Club, and the Elks, all of Troy.

The Troy Flag Day Parade came about in early 1967 during the Viet Nam War.  During this time protests against the war were taking part across the nation.  Many of the protestors were burning the American Flag at their rallies.  This infuriated many Americans and none so more than our veterans from WWII, Korea, and returning veterans from Viet Nam.  In Troy New York former WWII Marine veteran James “Jimmy” Pasinella a postal carrier had had enough of the destruction of the Flag that he and other war veterans decided to get together and do something about it!  With support from his fellow postal workers and various civic organizations including his own Italian Community Center from Troy they decided to have a parade on Troy’s main thoroughfare known as Fourth Street that Sunday June 11ththe Sunday before actual Flag Day.  So little did they know this foray into honoring the flag with only one band, Troy’s famous Doring’s Marching Band along with seventy five to one hundred marchers holding and waving American Flags would grow into one of the largest celebrations honoring “Old Glory” across America!

Throughout the years the parade has had many different looks, routes, and positive changes benefiting marchers, spectators, and municipal workers for ease of operations in conducting such a large event.  From early on the date of the parade has always been Sunday the day of, or the Sunday before actual Flag Day June 14th.  There were drum and bugle corps competitions, and later on in years festivals were held in conjunction with the parade weekend.  Most of the profits from these events were donated to the Rensselaer County ARC.

The parade has been known to host some of the greatest marching, and drum corps bands throughout the Northeast and Canada.  The parade has consisted of many veteran organizations, military complements, civic groups, police, fire, sheriffs, Boy and Girl Scout troops, athletic groups, TV and radio stations, high school contingents, and many others.  The original Fraternal Groups still marching are the Italian Community Center, Emerald Athletic Club, and the Elks, all of Troy.