Troy Winter can remember going to the parade on Labor Day with his grandparents. Now, the third-generation Windsorite brings his family to the same spot on the corner of 7th and Elm streets to watch the parade.
Winter and his family joined about a thousand Windsor residents as they packed the streets with lawn chairs and blankets to watch the Harvest Festival parade.
The Harvest Festival is a three-day event in Windsor, which includes a mud volleyball tournament, vendors in the park and fireworks.
“Our whole family grew up around here,” Winter said. “We enjoy this weekend and all the activities.”
The 90-minute parade started on Walnut Street and headed west to 7th Street, then south to Eastman Park Drive and featured more than 90 floats from local businesses, service organizations, clubs and high school activities.
Donna Schmidt, a lifelong Windsor resident, can remember coming to the parade as a little kid. She remembers when she was 10 years old and the parade went down Main Street.
“I just love everything about it,” Schmidt said. “Who doesn’t love a parade?”
Kids lined the streets armed with grocery bags to collect the candy being tossed from each float.
“It’s good entertainment for the kids,” said Mikaela Perea, who with her husband, Tony, brought their three children ages 1, 2 and 6. “It’s fun to see the local businesses all come out.”
The Perea family has been going to the parade for the past five years. Tony said it is starting to be a family tradition, and one they will probably keep.
“This is what we love about living in a small town,” Mikaela Perea said.