The Sesquicentennial Parade was held on Saturday, May 6, 2000 with a temperature reading on the bank of 90 degrees. It began shortly after 1:00 p.m. and lasted until 2:30 p.m. at the site were we (myself, husband Don, sister Betty, cousin Karen Kull Panchari, Mr & Mrs. Harry Geiger [from Boston] and Harry's sister Stasia Sauter & her husband Herb [from NJ]) stood at 1 South 2nd Street. It ended at 3:00 p.m. at it's final street. It consisted of 5 divisions. The parade route headed North on 2nd Street starting at the Industrial Park and turning right onto Franklin Street. It traveled 2 blocks on Franklin to Mill Street and headed South again for 1 block, turning left on Hancock Street (at St. Mary's RC Church) to another right on Nichlols Street. It proceeded down Nichols Street for 3 blocks then turned right on Railroad Street over to South again on Mill Street. It continued on Mill Street until the parade ended where it started at the Industrial Park.
Highlights of the Parade:
|St. Clair Police||Mayor Tomko & Council Pres. John Shandor||Siney Decendents-Congressman Holden|
|St. Clair Midget Cheerleading||Saint Clair Elem. Band||Cub Pack 690|
|1970 Championship Basketball Team||St. Clair Little League||Ancient Order of Hiberinarians|
|Nativity Golden Girls Basketball Team||Dalinda Dance Studio||Reading RR Historical Society|
|Outlaw Country Dancers||American Legion - District 13||Nativity High School Band|
|Heisler's Dairy-Belgium Horses||Yuengling Brewery||Mahanoy City High School Band|
|Pottsville Area High School Band||
Pottsville Area H S Band
|Pocono Region Pipe & Drum Band||Potts. Area Gear Grinders||Emergency Vehicles Ending|
Also participating in the parade:
Jim Manion, Past Commander, American Legion - District 13, Representative Ed Lucyk, State Senator James Rhoades, Town Council Members, (Mr. Wolfe-Mr. Rennick-Mr. Dempsey-Mr. Umbennauer-Mrs Davis-Mr. McCord), Schuylkill County Commissioners (Mr. Shadle-Mr. Knowles-Mr. Tobash), Thomas Johns, St. Clair Fire Chief, Fire equipment from; St. Clair, Diener's Hill, Wadesville, Schoentown, Mill Creek, Pottsville, Port Carbon, Shenandoah, Cumbola, & Mt. Carbon. Search and rescue equipment and dogs from Ryan Township (Barnesville). Medical Emergency Services from St. Clair, Minersville, Pottsville, and New Philadelphia. Special entry of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department (Lt. Chris Buchanan, former St Clair resident is with the Wilkes-Barre Fire Dept.). Many antique fire engines from private collections and Historical Society Collections. Schuylkill County Child Development presented a birthday cake float. Viet Nam Veteran's Posts #29, Troop 690, St Clair Boy Scouts, St. Clair in-line skaters club, Greater Pottsville Area Winter Carnival Queen - Miss Tammy Fitzpatrick and many clowns.