No matter the dreary sky and the constant sprinkle of rain in the streets of Canastota, community members showed their Raiders pride with multi-colored umbrellas and ponchos to brave the weather and cheer on the parade participants.
Floats and pickup trucks full of kids chanting their grade level with pride represented each class of the Canastota High School student body.
Two of the four Wall of Distinction inductees, town of Lenox Supervisor Rocky DiVeronica and Greg Sgroi, also participated by riding in cars in the parade. Admiral Edmund Giambastiani Jr., Carmen Basilio, Sgroi and DiVeronica will be honored at a dinner ceremony tonight at the Rusty Rail in Canastota. Basilio was unable to attend because of an illness, according to Canastota Central School District Athletic Director and Wall of Distinction Chairperson Stephen Tornatore. Giambastiani was also unable to attend because of a state dinner he was already committed to attending.
DiVeronica is a 1955 graduate Canastota High School, Giambastiani graduated in 1966, Sgroi is a member of the class of 1937 and Basilio is a graduate of the class of 2009 thanks to the military's service of Operation Recognition Program.
High school students will attend the homecoming dance tonight where the 2009 king and queen will be announced. Saturday, the varsity Raiders football team will take on Sauguoit.