The 23rd annual Turning Point Parade was held in Schuylerville (Olde Saratoga) on August 6, 2017.
The parade reflects the 1777 defeat of the British Army in the Battles of Saratoga during the American Revolution.
The battles were deemed to be the “Turning Point” of the American Revolution after British General Burgoyne surrendered his sword to American General Gates in Saratoga. Soon thereafter, France stated their support of the American Revolution and joined in the war.
The stated purpose of the Turning Point Parade is the "recognition of veterans and military service personnel from every era, age and conflict.” Yet, it is also a reflection of the entire Saratoga community from farms to schools to local business to industry and families.
The 2017 Turning Point Parade was one of the largest in upstate New York. It featured more than 100 units and included a dozen marching bands. The parade lasted over an hour and a half.
The Turning Point Parade is an authentic, commercially-unspoiled slice of local Americana that is based on history and community. For that reason it is truly a wonderful and authentic tribute to Saratoga and to those who sacrificed so that every American citizen could enjoy life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. All of that was evident during this year's festivities.