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Friday, May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm$4-5
Watch the entire broadcast of the Firefighers’ Parade, and additional footage on our Videos page!
Coordinated by members of the Winchester and Frederick County firefighters for the 85th year, the Firefighters’ Parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 5th. No parade was held from 1942 to 1945 during the war.
The first Torchlight and Mummers’ Parade in 1929 stepped off at 8 p.m. with each of the Winchester fire departments participating. Each firefighter carried a flaming torch. From this humble beginning, it is now the largest and one of the oldest annual firefighters’ parades in the world.
All Areas Except Queen’s Stand: $4.00
Handley Boulevard–Queen’s Stand General Admission: $5.00
Division sponsors include:
Pre-Parade – Home Instead Senior Care
1st Division – Shenandoah University
2nd Division – Culligan
Firefighers’ Parade Letter: PDF
Firefighers’ & Rescue Equipment Application: PDF | Online
Firefighters’ Sirens Memo: PDF
Antiques Procedure Letter: PDF
Antiques Schedule: PDF
Antiques Application: PDF | Online
Antiques Insurance Statement: PDF | Online
Antiques Award Categories: PDF
Antiques Judging Score Sheet: PDF
Band Awards For 2018
Mardela Middle & High School
Outstanding Drum Major:
James Buchanan Middle School
Military School Bands:
First Place: Randolph-Macon Academy
Jr. High/Middle Schools:
Second Place: E. Russell Hicks Middle School
First Place: James Buchanan Middle School
First Place: Mardela Middle & High School
Overall – Regardless of Class:
Director’s Award – Third Place Overall: Randolph-Macon Academy
President’s Award – Second Place Overall: Mardela Middle & High School
Fire Chief’s Award – First Place Overall: James Buchanan Middle School
2018 Fire & EMS Awards – Sponsored by Keplinger Repair along with Smeal, Spartan and LTI Fire Equipment
Frederick County Awards
Best in Parade, Firefighting Equipment – Clear Brook Vol. Fire & Rescue
Best in Parade, EMS Equipment – Stephens City Vol. Fire & Rescue
Out of Town Winners
Basic Life Support
1st – Great Falls
2nd – Flint Hill
2nd – Citizens
Advance Life Support
1st – Berkeley Co. EMS
EMS Special Unit
1st – Valley Medical (NICU Unit)
Best in Parade – EMS Equipment: Great Falls
Best in Parade – Firefighting Equipment: Woodstock Vol. Fire Co.
Distance Traveled: 146 miles – Callao Vol. Fire Dept.
Judges Award: Hon. Firefighters’ Marshal – Korean War Veterans
Fire Equipment Awards
1st Place: Shepherdstown
2nd Place: Bakerton
3rd Place: Flint Hill
Aerial Device (Up to 80 ft.)
1st Place: Capon Springs
Aerial Device (Over 80 ft.)
1st Place: Woodstock
Fire Department Heavy Rescue
1st Place: Luray
1st Place: Blue Ridge VFD
2nd Place: Toms Brook
1st Place: Waynesboro (PA)
1st Place: Baker Heights
1st Place: Mt. Weather
2nd Place: Callao
3rd Place: Blue Ridge Mtn.
Fire Department Special Unit
1st Place: Bakerton – Water Rescue Ski
2nd Place: Goodwill – Utility Unit
3rd Place: Callao – Utility Forest Unit
1st Place: Blue Ridge Mtn.
NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to change. Online ticket sales end on April 26, 2018, after this time all tickets must be purchased at the Official Festival Store, or at the event (if available).