Hot, Humid, and Fun for the 31st Annual Canal Fest Parade!

July 17th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

The News 4 team always looks forward to the warm welcome we receive in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda during the Canal Fest Parade, but the WARMTH this year was off the charts! That made it especially interesting to ride in a car with our Chief Meteorologist Don Paul during the parade and hear all the comments from the crowd about the hot weather! Still, everyone was friendly and welcoming, and we thank folks in the Tonawandas for their hospitality!

Meteorologist Don Paul and I enjoyed the ride in this '65 GTO provided by Johnny Robbins who teaches at Burgard High School.

Meteorologist Don Paul and I enjoyed the ride in this ’65 GTO provided by Johnny Robbins who teaches at Burgard High School.

Here's my view of the crowd and the parade ahead of me with Steve Vesey and Don Postles riding in a beautiful 1947 Buick.

Here’s my view of the crowd and the parade ahead of me with Steve Vesey and Don Postles riding in a beautiful 1947 Buick.

We always see friendly News 4 families along the parade route.

We always see friendly News 4 families along the parade route.

Meteorologist Don Paul was having a great time chatting with the crowd about the heat as we rode together in the back of a convertible. — with Don Paul.

Meteorologist Don Paul was having a great time chatting with the crowd about the heat as we rode together in the back of a convertible. — with Don Paul.

This kind member of the Salem Church of Christ, John Sherman, never forgets to bring us dessert as the parade passes his church!

This kind member of the Salem Church of Christ, John Sherman, never forgets to bring us dessert as the parade passes his church!

There is also a boisterous crew in front of the Allstate office along the parade route. They make it a party here every year!

There is also a boisterous crew in front of the Allstate office along the parade route. They make it a party here every year!

The friendly folks at Wally's pizza at the end of the parade route in North Tonawanda were kind enough to bring two pizzas to the car for the News 4 team!

The friendly folks at Wally’s pizza at the end of the parade route in North Tonawanda were kind enough to bring two pizzas to the car for the News 4 team!

The sunlight was harsh this photo -- but here we are at the end of the parade grateful for a smooth ride and very nice people!

The sunlight was harsh this photo — but here we are at the end of the parade grateful for a smooth ride and very nice people!

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