Annual Uncle Sam Parade steps off in Troy
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TROY, N.Y. -- The 37th annual Uncle Sam Parade stepped off in Lansingburgh, followed by a festival in Powers Park. The celebration honoring Samuel Wilson, the Troy meatpacker who many believe is the inspiration for the famed Uncle Sam figure.
As the story goes, during the War of 1812, Wilson stamped his barrels of meat with the initials US, leading soldiers to say they stood for Uncle Sam. The parade is also an opportunity to celebrate American pride and our veterans, and folks come from all over to participate in the time-honored tradition.
"We just come down to see everybody, get an experience before our big parade," said Samantha Andrews, Drum Major.
And they also came out to see our Sports Director Marisa Jacques, who was the celebrity Grand Marshal of the parade.