With Galloway's July 4 parade canceled, planners look ahead to 2015

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GALLOWAY- Parade organizers decided at 9 a.m., the start time for the 15th annual July 4 parade, to cancel, as rain pelted the roadways and flooded the streets.

“We didn't cancel because of the rain,” Rich Maxwell, the parade organizer said. “The streets were flooded and we didn't want anyone to march in the rain. We are always concerned about the safety and welfare of the participants.”

This year was expected to be Galloway's largest parade ever, with 190 participants.

At 9:10 a.m., firetrucks and other parade participants left the Foodtown parking lot, off New York Road, which was supposed to be a staging area for the parade.

There was no rain date.

Maxwell said next year will be different.

“We never had to cancel a parade in 14 years. Next year we will do something different. No matter what day July 4 falls on, we will have a rain date for the Saturday after,” he said.

When asked if Rocky Gannon would be the grand marshall next year since he was chosen for this year's canceled parade, Maxwell said, “it is something the parade committee will have to determine.”

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