Fulton gears up for 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute celebration

The 32nd annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute celebration — set for Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 — will be held at the Fulton Community Center on West Broadway.

As in the past years, the event will feature the Saturday morning parade, local and national music groups, a food court, drinks, a magician and rides. All entertainment is offered free to the public.

The theme for 2013 is “America, United We Stand.”

Alfred Myhill, the 2013 Veteran of the Year, will serve as the grand marshal of the Saturday parade.

Friday evening will feature the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz Band at 5 p.m., the Music of Rick Bush at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by the sounds of the Beatles with a performance by Magical Mystery Tour, a tribute band.

The group performs a wide range of music spanning the entire career of the Fab Four. The evening will conclude with fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Oswego County’s biggest parade will begin Saturday’s festivities at 10 a.m. and will feature about 10 bands, including the City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, the Central New York Fire and Police Band, the Island Band, the Central Square Middle School Marching Band, and the Towpath Volunteers Fife & Drum from Macedon, New York.

At noon, parade bands will be featured in the Community Center on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Awards will be given for winning parade entries.

At 2 p.m. performing on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage will be the Magic of Virgil followed by the Fulton Dixieland Band at 3:30 p.m. and the Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m., the musical stylings of Vince Markowsky will round out the Saturday afternoon.

Saturday at 7 p.m., The King of Diamonds, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will perform.

Rob Garrett  has established himself as the world’s most popular and requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds.”

He was the recipient of the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network in Las Vegas. This marked the first (and only) time that such an award was presented to a Neil Diamond act.

Memorial Day Salute is sponsored by the Fulton Service Clubs: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Sunrise Rotary and the Fulton Veterans‘ Council.

Those seeking information about participation in the Saturday parade or other venues may call the parade chair at Zach Menter at 591-4502.

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