December 2, 2021

Dairy parade doesn’t move — you do

In a switch for safety, viewers will drive by participants in tonight’s event

Cortland Standard file photo

Bailey Kote twirls a parasol at 2018’s Dairy Parade in Cortland.

Think of it as a drive-through parade.

The Dairy Parade — 6:30 p.m. today — will be just a tad bit different this year because of COVID-19 safety precautions: The parade participants will be stationary.

You get to drive through.

Here’s how it works, reports the Cortland County Dairy Promotion Committee:

  • Parade participants will line up a bit before 6 p.m. on south Main Street, between the intersection with Port Watson and Tompkins streets to the north as probably as far south as Cortland Plastics, 211 Main St., near Pine Street.
  • Viewers will start at the north end — from Main Street, Port Watson or Tompkins — and make their way south toward Valley View Drive.
  • All the side streets along the route will be closed to traffic, so you might want to plan accordingly if you need to get there.

This allows parade participants to cluster in relative safety, and it allows viewers who might not have
been fully vaccinated — less than half of Cortland County residents have been, so far — to see the parade without putting themselves or others at risk.

The participants

  • Cortland County Dairy Princess Abbey Augur
  • Cortland County Dairy Court
  • Cortland County Dairy Princess Contestant Blaine DuVall
  • Cortland County Dairy Princess Contestant Annika Donlick
  • Cortland County Dairy Princess Contestant Hailey McCall
  • NYS Dairy Princess Shelby Benjamin
  • Tompkins County Dairy Princess and Court
  • Coffee Mania
  • Leach’s Custom Trash
  • Shipwreck Amusements
  • CNY Farm Supply
  • Cortland Marching Band
  • Marathon Marching Band
  • Homer Marching Band
  • Salvation Army
  • Cincy Country Kids 4-H Club
  • Countywide Livestock 4-H Club
  • ARC of Madison/Cortland
  • Cortland County Soil and Water
  • Girl Scouts of Cortland County
  • Boy Scouts, BSA
  • Truxton Academy Charter School
  • Little Treat Shoppe
  • Cortland County Junior Fair with Junior Fair Queen
  • 2021 CNY Maple Festival Queen and Court
  • First Transit
  • Trinity Valley