CANASTOTA — The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced Friday that the popular Parade of Champions is back and will take place Sunday, June 12 at noon.
“The Hall of Fame is so thrilled that after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parade of Champions is back,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “It promises to be a fantastic parade in Canastota for residents of central New York and boxing fans from around the world who are in town for the weekend festivities.”
The parade will feature boxing celebrities in convertible cars, marching bands, floats and community organizations and will take place through the streets of downtown Canastota.
Some of the nearly 20 bands already confirmed include Canastota High School, APW Central School, Charles W. Baker High School, Moravia Blue Devils, Pulaski Junior/Senior High School, City of Syracuse Highland Pipe Band, Mohawk Valley Frasers and Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band .
Due to the cancellation of the previous two induction weekends, the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will all be honored in a “Once in a Lifetime” weekend induction trilogy at the Hall of fame scheduled for June 9-12 in “The Hometown of Boxing”.
the The class of 2020 is made up of Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Barbara Buttrick, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva, Dan Goossen, Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser.
The class of 2021 is made up of Wladimir Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, Marian Trimiar, Jackie Tonawanda, Davey Moore, Freddie Brown, Dr. Margaret Goodman, Jackie McCoy, George Kimball and Jay Larkin.
The Class of 2022 is made up of Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, Regina Halmich, Holly Holm, Tod Morgan, Bill Caplan, Chuck Hull, Ron Borges and Bob Yalen.
In addition to the Parade of Champions, the 2022 Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Trilogy will feature numerous events throughout the four-day celebration, including a 5K/Fun Run, ringside talks, a boxing autograph card display and the official induction ceremony. Hall of Fame weekend parties include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona.