There was hardly any room to move around along Main Street Monday morning, as throngs of New Canaanites packed along sidewalks and on lawns to watch the towns annual Memorial Day parade. Starting at St. Marks Church at 9:30 a.m., dozens of groups representing nearly every demographic in the town marched to Lake View Cemetery, where there was a service honoring our fallen troops.
Leading the way were this years grand marshals, New Canaans World War II veterans. A small group of octogenarians packed into a few humvees just behind the police escort. Not too far behind were other veterans groups from New Canaan and Stamford, all of whom received loud cheers and grateful waves from the crowds. Behind them were the New Canaan town band, followed by cars with town officials and the memorial service guest speaker, Paul Seldak of the New Canaan Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Also included in the parade were community groups like the Exchange Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Knights of Columbus, and most of the towns emergency responders, with contingents from the Police Department, the Fire Department, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Community Emergency Response Team.
There were also plenty of smiling children throughout the parade, with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA Guides and Princesses, and New Canaan Baseball and Softball all well-represented. The New Canaan Nature Centers group also included quite a few kids, dressed as bees and marching in front of a float with chanters leading a call-and-response: When we say bees, you say buzz!
And since it wouldnt be a parade without music, there were some terrific bands breaking up the floats and marchers. In addition to the town band, the Exchange Club followed close behind in Revolutionary War costumes. The New Canaan High School marching band also represented the towns youth. Also joining in were some welcome visitors, the Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Scottish Bagpipers.
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