Buffalo Bill Parade Later This Month

Everyone is invited to participate in or watch Buffalo Bill Cody’s Western Parade.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, on the corner of Third Street and Foote Avenue. The parade will then travel through downtown Jamestown to the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, located at 211-217 W. Second St. Lee Harkness, Jamestown Gateway Train Station general manager, said the parade is part of The International Cody Family Association Reunion being held for the first time in Jamestown. As many as 2,500 relatives of Buffalo Bill Cody have been invited to the Jamestown area for the reunion, which is held every two years. Even though the parade is part of the reunion, the parade is open to all to participate in or to watch.

“We want people interested in being in the parade. We want spectators watching the parade,” Harkness said. “We want kids riding horses and riding their bikes in the parade. We want bands. Everybody is welcome to join.”

Those interested in entering the parade should send their contact information and their parade entry by email to lharkness@jamestowntrainstation.com or cjohns60@gmu.edu; by calling 483-3041; by fax to 487-1729 or by mail to 211-217 W. Second St., Jamestown, NY 14701. Entry deadline is July 21.

Harkness said so far the Jamestown High School Marching Band and the 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums will be performing in the parade. He said the event will also include draft horse hitches and single riders. There will also be a Buffalo Bill impersonator.

“We’re looking to make this an annual event, maybe not with the family reunion, but to have a Wild West parade,” Harkness said. ”This could be big for Jamestown.”

People are being invited to dress in Western gear to see antique wagons, cars and more. The parade is just one part of the reunion, which starts Thursday, July 24. Other events include two Wild West shows; special guest speakers like Jeremy Johnston, the curator of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; an antique car show; and a special event on the Buffalo Bill poster at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

A poster of one of Cody’s Wild West shows held in 1878 was discovered along side a downtown building at the corner of Pine and Third streets in 2002. The 24-by-10-foot paper billboard had been pasted to an unfinished exterior wall and was sandwiched in by brick when the building was completed. The billboard, a montage of the Wild West folk hero and scenes from his show, was revealed when part of the wall fell away from the building. The billboard was then restored during a five-year process that was finished in 2007. The poster is now on display under glass at the Reg Lenna, 116 E. Third St.

For more information, visit www.jamestowntrainstation.com or www.cody-family.org.