2021 Jefferson County Dairy Parade and Festival
wear a mask
to the parade, if not vaccinated!
The 2021 Jefferson County Dairy Parade is Friday June 4 at 7pm in Watertown NY
To Watch the Parade:
1. The parade starts at Watertown High School on Washington Street and proceeds in to the City of Watertown. The parade turns left onto Clinton Street and ends in the Municipal Parking Lot. There will NOT be a live announcer or judging stand in front of Dulles State Office Building. We encourage the public to stretch out along the parade route. Our cow, Bessie, says for God's sake, don't be part of a herd!!! Bessie also says, "Cow - A- Bunga, Dude! Wear a Mask at the Parade!"
2. We are excited to announce, as of April 21, 2021 that NBC Watertown has agreed to broadcast the parade from 7 to 8pm on air!!!! If you are not comfortable with being around others, you can watch the parade from the safety of your home! Just tune in to NBC Watertown on your TV. If you can't pick up the channel on TV or you are at the parade and want to hear our announcers narrate the parade, you can watch the live stream of the Dairy Parade! NBC Watertown will broadcast the Dairy Parade live. Our parade announcer, "Country Kurt" Kurt Gehrke, will come back as our on air parade announcer! You can watch the livestream at home, or on your cell phone at the parade!
The Jefferson County Dairy Festival, a separate indoor event from the parade, with large crowds attending, has been cancelled.
Our theme for this year's parade is to say thank you to all of our emergency first responders and front-line health care providers for taking care of us during the Pandemic:
“To all our first responders and frontline health care providers, this milk is for you,
we will never forget how you helped our community through the pandemic.
Thank you, from Jefferson County’s Dairy Industry!”
- Elizabeth Hyman, 2nd Alternate NYS Dairy Princess and Jefferson County Dairy Princess
Elizabeth invites all the children attending the parade to make signs at home that say thank you to everyone who helped us get through the pandemic, especially emergency first responders and our front line health care workers! Elizabeth will be at the front of the parade and she'll be watching for the kids to have their sign with them! Adults are encouraged to applaud and say thanks to those who kept us safe!