06/11/12 272 W, 1 I - + 6 - 2 Raleigh Retired Firefighters Invited to Participate in Saturday's Parade

Raleigh Fire Department retirees are invited to ride in Saturday's fire apparatus parade, part of the all-day centennial celebration in downtown Raleigh.

The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and will feature both antique and modern fire apparatus, pipe bands, marching personnel, and more. As a special treat, the city's horse-drawn 1905 steam fire engine will make its first appearance in many years.

Retirees are requested to park in the public parking deck at the intersection of Wilmington and Cabarrus streets. This is free parking. They'll board a tram shuttle to the parade staging area. The trams will leave the parking deck at 9:15 a.m. The trams will carry the retirees in the parade, which starts at 10:00 a.m.

The parade begins at the intersections of Hillsborough and Boylan streets, continues to the State Capitol, turns on Salisbury and Morgan streets, and finishes to the end of Fayetteville Street. The best viewing of the parade will be on Fayetteville Street, and a short walking distance to the other activities.

After the parade, retirees can enjoy the day's many centennial celebration events. The location for all activities after the parade are in the parking lots along Lenoir Street at Fayetteville Street.

An apparatus muster starts at 11:00 a.m. with static and live displays. The 1905 steamer will be fired and pump at noon. At 1:00 p.m., firefighter games will start with four-person teams from around the area. Other attractions include the Kidde Kid's Zone, which opens at 11:00 a.m. Birthday cake will also be served as supplies last. For more event information, visit www.RFD100.com.

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