Southampton Village 4th of July Parade Begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday

WPPB 88.3 FM will host an after-parade tailgate party.

More than 20,000 people are expected to fill the streets of Southampton Village on Wednesday as the kicks off at 10 a.m.

Put on by the Southampton Village Commission on Veterans' Patriotic Events, the largest Fourth of July parade on Long Island begins at Railroad Plaza. It then heads down North Main Street, Main Street and Jobs Lane, before ending at .

The grand marshals of the 2012 parade are the Frankenbach family, whose patriarch, Korean War veteran , died last year at the age of 82. Frankenbach was the parade chairman for 48 years and his father, a Marine and World War I veteran with the same name, ran it for the 35 years before that.

The parade committee of about 30 members, including veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II, works all year to organize this parade, as well as and events.

There are about 65 parade entries each year, including veteran groups, firefighters, EMS, Scouts, high school bands, bagpipers, drum and bugle corps, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, and many more.

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said Monday that he can say with 99 percent certainty that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will march in the parade.

Epley added that as of last Wednesday there were 18 parade floats registered, which is more than the typical number of float entries.

The parade judges are Anthony and Donna Valle, of , and Timothy and Toni Lea Corwin, of .

Epley said it costs about $35,000 each year to put on the parade, which is funded through donations. Volunteers walk along the route to ask paradegoers for donations, but Epley said that only brings in about $4,000 to $7,000. Braun Marketing was hired this year to help fundraise, he said, and donations have been mailed in.

When the parade ends, , will put on the "After The Parade Tailgate Party" outside their studios at 71 Hill Street from noon to 2 p.m.

The public radio station's parade convoy will include acoustic rock artist Inda Eaton and American roots duo Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni. 

Eaton is currently touring in support of her new album, "Go West," which features East End musicians Nancy Atlas, Caroline Doctorow and Lee Lawler. Scott Hopson, a musician and the host "Underground Sound" Wednesdays at 230 Down at , will join Eaton.

In addition to live musical performances, Peconic Public Broadcasting will serve up snacks and refreshments, including hot dogs, popcorn, cold drinks and .

Are you looking for Fourth of July fireworks? Check out the .

For more events after the parade, check out the

christie nicolle July 03, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Everyone come out with your MITT ROMNEY banners + American flags! We have a chance to take pride again in our country - the one that's currently highjacked by the empty suit - the Liar in chief - the child-man Obama. God Save America*
Tramar Pettaway July 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@ christie- this is not a political rally its a community event. please keep mitt romney banners at home this is a community independence day parade!!!


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