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75th Annual Phoenixville Dogwood Parade
Sat, May 19 2018, 2:00 pm - Sat, May 19 2018, 4:00 pm
200 Block of Bridge Street

Phoenixville, PA 19460

The 75th Annual Dogwood Festival and Parade will attract more than 100,000 visitors to the region throughout the week. And some additional 13,000-plus spectators will line the parade route on Saturday.

Although renowned for its food, rides, and carnival games, the Dogwood Festival also benefits 15 nonprofits from the Phoenixville area through grants and indirectly supports more than 30 nonprofits that sell concessions and host informational tables.

New for 2018, the Dogwood Parade will be streamed live online, courtesy of Voxipop, affording viewers the opportunity to watch a live-produced broadcast that will rival any major televised parade.

Voxipop, a digital platform that combines the latest technology with creative talent to deliver high-quality video programming to the community, is the creative idea of the Phoenix Media Group in Kimberton.

Phoenixville’s Dogwood tradition dates back to May 1943, when Retired Army Major General Edward C. Shannon dedicated a dogwood tree in Reeves Park as a memorial to the men and woman of the Armed Forces, many of whom had died in active service during World War II.

The first parade welcomed an estimated 7,500 visitors, and the first Dogwood Queen was 1943 Phoenixville High School graduate Regina Glowacki, who was elected by her fellow students through the sale of War Bonds and War Stamps.

Additional Info:
Grand Marshall: Andre Thornton, Phoenixville High School Graduate, nicknamed “Thunder”, former first baseman and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and Cleveland Indians during his 14-year career

Notable Parade Acts: Eagles Pep Band, 76ers Drum Line, Avalon String Band, Rolling Thunder and the 1958 & 1959 Dogwood Queens

Parade Route: Beginning at High and Gay Streets, proceeding South on Gay Street towards Bridge Street, turns Left onto Bridge Street, proceeds East towards Main Street, turns right onto Main Street, proceeds South towards 5th Avenue, terminates at 5th Avenue.

Sensory-Friendly Parade Experience: Located along Main Street between Hall and Morgan Streets, while in this designated area parade participants have been asked to proceed without lights, sirens, horns, music, yelling or other loud noises, additionally participants will reduce audience interaction and stay as close to the center of the road as possible.
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