The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many worthwhile events from us this year, but this Sunday look for the longest parade ever staged in Broome County!

One of the many events canceled this year was the Blast from the Past Hall of Fame and Car Show which is usually held at the Tri-Cities Airport.

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I spoke with coordinator Bob Connelly Monday morning on WNBF’s Binghamton Now about an event that came out of this year’s car show cancellation.

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The event has turned into a parade, but not just any parade... one of the longest parades ever created in Broome County. It will be held on Sunday, July 26.

The first-ever Sock Out Cancer parade will raise money for the foundations of Lourdes and UHS, along with a non-perishable food collection for CHOW.

Connelly says “the parade is open to anyone with a vehicle of any kind”. There will be a $10 donation with all proceeds going to Sock Out Cancer.

The parade will begin at the Binghamton plaza on Chenango Street in Binghamton and proceed through downtown and end up at the "five corners" on the Vestal Parkway.

Registration starts at 10am on July 26 and the parade will begin at noon. Connelly says people should practice social distancing and wear masks when appropriate.

Connelly spoke on the nationally syndicated show “Car Clinic with Bobby Likis” that airs on WNBF Saturday mornings from 10 to noon.

Those wishing to participate can contact Bob Connelly at 607-343-2968.

Watch the streets of Binghamton Sunday beginning at noon for the first-ever Sock Out Cancer Parade.