UTICA — The 81st annual Utica Homecoming began with laughing children, fire trucks and candy throwing. Wednesday’s grand parade showcased local businesses, organizations and others walking down Central Avenue. The CES Credit Union’s dog mascot waved at the crowd, North Fork Local School students rode and walked behind a flatbed semitrailer; and eager government candidates handed out fliers.
After the parade, Mayor Lester Grennell gave his homecoming welcome at the opening ceremony.
“Enjoy your time at the Utica Homecoming,” Grennell said. “Please be pleasant with one another.”
Past general chairmen of Homecoming were Grand Marshals, and Prince Braxton Fisher and Princess Aubrey Richards were honored.
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