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Local Graduating High School Senior to start Annual Chatham Independence Parade

Born and raised in Chatham, Brooke Linell will graduate this year from Nauset Regional High School. She has been in the Honors Choir and served as captain of the swim team.  She will be pursuing her studies at the University of New Hampshire this Fall.

Brooke Linell, at center, will be singing the National Anthem for the 2017 parade. Photo from taken by Sue Campbell Linnell


Essential entrant information for the 2017 parade

Parade Theme: Chatham for the Holidays!–  Chatham is a great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year.

You can complete your parade entry submission online here at If your submission is done correctly web site will display a confirmation message and you will get an email from


Rules for Participation – These rules are for the safety of everyone. Not following these rules could jeopardize your participation in the parade and future parades, with the decision of the Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee being final.

  • No float apparatus or act can exceed 14 feet height from street level and width must not exceed 8 feet.
  • All floats and displays must be free from images reflecting cruelty, denigration or abuse to persons or groups, because of race, creed, gender or economic status.
  • Emergency vehicles must be given right of way at all times.
  • Entrants must abide by all laws of the land.
  • Participants must remain grouped within parade boundaries or as directed by Police or Parade Monitors. If the parade stops, participant groups must remain together. Unauthorized stops along the parade route are not permitted. It is essential to keep pace throughout the parade for the best experience for the spectators and the other entrants.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited while in line before start of parade and during parade.
Throwing anything to the crowd from floats, trucks and cars, including candy is strictly prohibited. This creates a potential dangerous situation with implication of safety and injury.

Logistics  – Entrants’ position number in the parade will be assigned by June 26th , and will be listed on the Independence Day Parade Committee website and appear in the June 29th issue of the Chronicle.

On June 29, June 30, and July 1 entrants may pre-register and pick up their position number flags at the Chatham Police Department at 249 George Ryder Road.

Pre Check In JUNE 29 – 8:00am – 1:00pm 

Pre Check In JUNE 30 – 2:00pm – 7:00pm 

Pre Check In JULY 1 – 9:00am – 11:00am

On parade day, entrants must check in and receive their position number from a Parade Monitor stationed on Shore Road near the Chatham Town Fish Pier on July 4th. All entrants must be registered and checked in at the staging area on Shore Road no later than their designated time —

      • Entry #1 through #33 check in between 7:00am – 7:30am
      • Entry #34 through #65 check in between 7:30am – 8:00am
      • Entries #66 and up check in between 8:00am – 8:30am
      • All registration must be completed by 8:30am

Entrants will then proceed to their numbered stake on Shore Road.Position number must be displayed on the left side of the entry.

For those wishing to park at the Monomoy Regional Middle School shuttle bus will take you to Shore Road. This shuttle will run starting at 7AM.

The parade begins at 9:30am at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, and finishes at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road. Please adhere to police instructions for exiting the parade area.

A shuttle will run from the end of the parade back to the Monomoy Regional Middle School.


  • To qualify for awards, the entry must be consistent with the theme.
  • All awards are determined solely at the discretion of the Judges.
  • Entries are viewed by Judges along the parade route. The Judges’ reviewing stand is located on the lawn of the First United Methodist Church at the intersection of Main Street and Cross Street. Please do not stop here and delay the parade.
  • Your entry may win more than one award.
  • The entrant position numbers which you will receive at registration on parade day, are to be placed on left hand side of the entry (so that they will face the judges stand).

Award Categories

  • Overall Best – 1st Place which will be recognized by an engraved
    WinnersCupbrass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Most Patriotic
  • Funniest
  • Best Small Float (under 20 feet)
  • Best Large Float (over 20 feet)
  • Best Family Float
  • Best Civic Organization/Non-Profit
  • Best Youth (participants under 18 years old)

The Overall Best – First Place Winner – will be recognized by an engraved brass plaque on the Chatham Parade Trophy displayed at Town Hall.


All of the category award winners will receive a custom-designed engraved plaque which will be presented at an awards ceremony during the next Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled after July 4th.

2017 Parade Theme – “Chatham for the Holidays!”

The countdown is on! The Chatham Independence Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 2017 Independence Day Parade – Chatham for the Holidays!  This year’s theme celebrates the notion that “Chatham is a great place to celebrate all holidays throughout the year” no matter when they fall.


As is the custom, the Committee solicited theme ideas from the public and this year’s theme was suggested by Chatham summer visitor Courtney Cratty. Inspired by how she has so much enjoyed celebrating the July 4th holiday in Chatham with her family for many years, she thought the theme was a perfect way for the community to honor and creatively celebrate what makes Chatham special over any holidays with family and friends. The Parade Committee agreed!


“With this announcement, the considerable creative talents that dwell in Chatham can now go to work to begin designing and constructing a parade float and ultimately compete for the coveted Chatham Cup which recognizes the Most Outstanding Float in the parade each year.” said Brad Schiff, IDP Committee Chair.


Last year’s winners were – “The Bridge Street Buccaneers” whose pirate puppet ship astounded the crowd and judges. In addition, this year, a Best Family Float has been added to the awards categories to inspire even more family participation.


The Chatham Independence Day Committee is looking for additional volunteers to get involved with planning and managing the parade activities. Interested people should contact the committee at

Award Winners 2016 Independence Day Parade

Award Categories 2016 Winner Float #
OVERALL BEST in Parade Bridge Street Buccaneers #73
OVERALL 2nd Place Chatham Health & Swim Club #61
OVERALL 3rd Place Woman of Fishing Families #89
Best Youth Float Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree #29
Most Patriotic Float .Phillips Family Farm #1
Best Small Float Cobb Family #85
Best Large Float Chatham Pottery #101
Best Civic Float Chatham Turkey Trot #64
Funniest Float Martha and Philip Hoffman #80

Parade order for the 2016 Independence Day parade is now set

Chatham Police Department
Chatham Veterans
Chatham Veterans’ Auxiliary
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Chatham Fire Department
Chatham Selectmen
Chatham Band
Grand Marshal
1 Philips Farm Family
2 Yarmouth Minutemen
3 United States Power Squadrons – Cape Cod
4 Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band
5 Freedom Boat Club
6 Old Cape Sotheby’s International Realty
7 Chatham Scouts
8 Cape Cod Fiddlers
9 Model A Club of Cape Cod – Ray Molyneux
10 Model A Club of Cape Cod – Chris Moeder
11 Model A Club of Cape Cod – Fernand Lemay
12 The Magner Family
13 Chatboy Toys
14 Canon Hill Band
15 Oyster River Boatyard
16 Monomoy Yacht Club
17 Ports & Company
18 Bob Horne
19 Chatham Orpheum Theatre
20 Barkers of Orleans
21 Pogo Dave
22 Chris Fitz Band
23 Douglas Fields
24 Local Color Gallery & the Farmers Market
25 John Kelley
26 John Schnyer
28 The Local Juice
29 Ken Owens Memorial Soccer Jamboree
30 Total Strangers
31 John C. Domos
32 John Cassaboon
33 Les Clemons
34 Friends of Monomoy
35 Chatham Dog Club
36 Chatham Republican Town Committee
37 Monomoy Theatre
38 In the Pink
39 Clifford Family
40 Don Edge
41 Tom Clapp
42 Ted Whittaker & Friends
43 Chatham Yacht Club
44 Dennis/Yarmouth Band
45 Chatham Conservation Foundation
46 Boston College Club of Cape Cod
47 Antonio Alvernaz
48 Robert J. Griffin
49 Sacred Surf School
50 Outermost Harbor Marine
51 Paws and Claws
52 Summer Sitters, LLC
53 Chatham Fiddle Company
54 Chatham Athletic Association Inc.
55 Cape Cod Beach Chair Company
56 Art of Roasting
57 Thomas E. Geagan
58 Chatham Drama Guild
59 Eldredge Surveying & Engineering, LLC
60 Chatham Squire
61 Chatham Health & Swim Club
62 Stage Harbor Yacht Club
63 Chandler Travis Shout Band
64 Chatham Turkey Trot
65 Harbor Lights, Jim & Betty Lightner
66 Edward H. Budd
67 MASJAH Center OHM Studios
68 Monomoy Schools
69 Cape Cod Flying Circus at Chatham Municipal
70 Mahi Gold
71 The Keltic Kids
72 Katherina Berk
73 Bridge Street Buccaneers
74 The Fisher Family
75 NAMI Cape Cod & the Islands
76 The Peterson Family
77 Team Santa
78 Codcomm/
79 The Monomoy Shootout
80 Martha & Philip Hoffman
81 The Brennan Family
82 Dreamers Dixieland
83 Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa
84 Cape Cod Waterskiing
85 The Cobb Family
86 Chillers & All Points Beautiful
87 Jack Wills
88 Bill Alvarez
89 Women of Fishing Families
90 Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore
91 All Worn Out Jug Band
92 The Fitzgerald Family
93 Late July Snacks
94 Life in Harmony
95 First Night
96 Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos Young Marines
97 Anthony Schiavi
98 Comm to Elect Mark R Forest County Commiss
99 Odiaga Montero LLC
100 Estates Landscape Maintenance
101 Chatham Pottery
102 Steve Morgan & the Kingfish