- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

TROY, N.Y. (AP) - The annual Uncle Sam’s Birthday Parade has been shelved.

Changing demographics and fundraising problems have forced officials in Troy, New York to cancel one of the city’s signature celebrations.

The 41st annual parade on Sept. 13 would have saluted the 250th birthday of Samuel Wilson. Cost was pegged at around $25,000 and included a fireworks display in the evening.

Wilson was a Troy meatpacker during the War of 1812 who obtained a contract to supply beef to the Army, which he shipped in barrels. As government property, the barrels were branded with the initials “U.S.,” but soldiers joked that the initials referred to “Uncle Sam,” as Wilson was often called.

The upstate New York parade grew out of the national Bicentennial celebrations in 1976.

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