Mayville enjoys parade

MAYVILLE – Blue skies, sunshine and a light breeze made for perfect Independence Day conditions in Mayville on Friday.

A long line of marching bands, community organizations, fire trucks and police cars paraded down North Erie Street for Mayville’s Grand Parade, which started at 10 a.m. and drew more than 1,000 spectators to line the streets.

Elected officials including Joe Gerace, Chautauqua County sheriff; Andy Goodell, state assemblyman; Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive; Cathy Young, state senator; and Larry Barmore, Chautauqua County clerk, marched in the parade.

A diverse group of participants included Chautauqua County Sheriff candidate Russell Payne, the Falconer Central School marching band and the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association.

Local residents weren’t the only attendants joining in on the fun.

Ken and Sandy Cikovic drove in from Pittsburgh with their four children for the holiday weekend and said they travel to Mayville as often as possible.

“We consider this God’s country,” Ken Cikovic said. “There are 10,000 things to do and we’re checking them off one at a time. We love the lake and everything around it, and we spend as many long weekends here as we can.”

The families of Jim Conroy and Leo McLaughlin traveled to Mayville from Pennsylvania for the holiday as well to stay at their home in Dewittville.

Conroy and McLaughlin posed with their grandson Patrick Conroy, all three wearing festive American flag shirts.

Twins dressed alike in red, white and blue seemed to be a common theme in Mayville on Friday. Tristan and Trinnitie Walters, posed in frilly, polka-dotted tulle skirts – one in blue and the other in red. They were in town from Raleigh, N.C.

Molly Ulsh, 6, stood next to her twin sisters Lucy and Macy, 3, all wearing very festive outfits.

They are the daughters of Kelly and Lee Ulsh of Sherman.

The theme was “Got Freedom? … Thank A Vet” and ended at Lakeside Park with face painting, a petting zoo and live music.

A fireworks display presented by Skylighters of Western New York ended the day of festivities at 10 p.m.