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Floats wanted for Firefighter’s Tournament commercial parade


Volunteer firefighters Tom Williams and Phil Aubuchon in the 2009 parade during the U.P. Firefighter’s Tournament. The tournament returns to Florence this year and organizers are now accepting parade entries from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

     The U.P. Firefighter’s tournament is fast approaching and organizers are looking for participants for the commercial parade on July 30. The tournament takes place in Florence July 28 -30 and the parade is the culmination of the action-packed weekend which includes bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

“This also is our 100th year as a fire department,” said Florence Fire Chief Joe Witynski. “We want to invite any organization, business or individual that is interested in a float, or any other type of unit in the parade to enter. There will be a prize for the best entry.” The firefighters are judged in a separate category.

In addition, the fire department invites Florence fire department honorary members to join them for the commercial parade.

If you have any questions or are interested in entering a float or participating as an honorary member, contact Dave Bauer at (906) 221-5121 or Joe Witynski (906) 360-3221 by Monday July 24 so they can get a count of units in the parade.