Memorial Day 2018: The Parade!

For the first time in 3 years, Westport’s Memorial Day parade was on.

It was cloudy and cool — but no one cared. One of our town’s greatest traditions took place again. From Riverside Avenue, over the bridge, up the Post Road and across Myrtle Avenue, it was a beautiful red-white-and-blue day!

Grand marshal Larry Aasen and his wife Martha (Photo/Ted Horowitz)

Mike Calise loves a parade (Photo/Maria Calise O’Herron)

Milissa Pianka was shown in yesterday’s “06880” 1981 parade video as a baby, on the steps of Assumption Church. She’s there today 37 years later (far right) witih her husband, 3 kids and other relatives. (Photo/Billy Nistico)

A classic car heads up Riverside Drive (Photo/Ted Horowitz)

Town officials (Photo/Gerald Romano)

One of the many creative floats (Photo/Dan Woog)

Longtime Westporter John Freeman is 94 years old. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Not everyone walks (Photo/Carolyn McPhee)

What’s a parade without a vintage fire truck? (Photo/David Squires)

Jim Marpe poses with veterans (Photo/Ted Horowitz)

Suzuki violinists entertain the crowd (Photo/Doris Ghitelman)

Indefatigable patriot Miggs Burroughs … (Photo/Ted Horowitz)

… and indefatigable former 2nd selectman Betty Lou Cummings (Photo/Doris Ghitelman)

This vehicle has a very young driver (Photo/Jodi Harris)

The reviewing stand in front of Town Hall (Photo/dan Woog)

Man’s best friend celebrates too (Photo/Doris Ghitelman)

6 responses to “Memorial Day 2018: The Parade!

  1. In spite of the efforts of some builders to turn Westport into a city, it still remains a small town!

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Enjoyed the photos!

    Too bad no pics of the student marching bands … is that a dying breed these days, within the Westport music programs?

    Anyway, thanks Dan!

  3. Faith Taylor

    Thank you for all the Memorial Day coverage. It is a powerful day – full of meaning, especially now, during these turbulent and troubling times. My husband and I attend the parade every year. Our favorite part is always the bands led by our indefatigable music teachers, Greg Winters, Mr. Forgey and the ageless Mr. M.

    This year’s parade was as good as any in years past – but with one exception. We noticed a preponderance of parade participants carrying and releasing helium balloons. Yes, they are festive. And yes, they are fun. And yes, their next stop, after the parade will be Long Island Sound, on our beaches or strewn across the CT. landscape. They are not harmless litter. Please see what our own U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say:

    “Balloons are great at birthdays, weddings, graduations and more, but once they get loose, balloons can pose a threat to many animals. Birds, turtles and other animals commonly mistake balloons for food, which can harm or even kill them. In addition, many animals can become entangled in balloon strings, which can strangle them or hurt their feet and hands.”

    Next year, let’s encourage parade participants to skip the balloons. Instead, make a poster, wave a flag or just smile and cheer.

  4. Linda D. Parker

    My goodness! Mr. John Freeman is 94 years old, survived the Battle of the Bulge and is drinking Starbucks coffee and using an IPhone – truly, a man for all seasons. We salute you!