2023 Jefferson County Dairy Parade marches down Washington Street

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Parents such as Angela Green, Janet L. Abbott, and Jessica Hughes got to see their children march down Washington Street in different marching bands during the Jefferson County Dairy Parade on Friday.

The parade started at the high school’s parking lot and turned left onto Clinton Street before ending in the municipal parking lot.

The event’s website states that the parade was also broadcast on NBC Watertown.

Their Facebook page also says that eight high school marching bands participated, which was a record for at least the last 20 years.

Those bands are from Belleville-Henderson, Indian River, LaFargeville, Sackets Harbor, Carthage, Copenhagen, Lowville, and Pulaski.

Janet L. Abbott, Belleville, a former dairy farmer, came out to support the dairy industry and her son who is in marching band for Belleville-Henderson.

She said being a dairy farmer, she felt it meant a little bit more for her to be able to come out knowing what farmers have to go through.

“We really have to hold each other up, we really have to support each other, and we really have to be there for each other,” she said.

Ms. Abbott said she attends the dairy parade each year while adding that it was “awesome” to see her son in the marching band.

Angela Green, Sackets Harbor, said she too comes every year, and she as well got to see her child in one of the marching bands; her daughter is also an athlete.

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