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Park Road Parade, Sat. Oct. 7, 10:30 AM

Bring the whole family to the 19th annual Park Road Parade on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The one-hour parade steps off at 10:30 AM, at Ringgold Street and ends at South Quaker Lane.

Over 70 contingents are expected to march in this year’s parade. The parade features bands, clowns, dancers, floats, dogs of all shapes and sizes, antique cars, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town and state officials. Each year the parade draws over 7,000 people to Park Road neighborhood.

This year's Grand Marshal is Heidi Voight. Heidi is the morning news anchor on NBC Connecticut Today and is a West Hartford resident who loves the Park Road community, which is exactly why she was selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.  Heidi Voight can be seen weekday mornings from 4:30AM to 7:00AM alongside co-anchor Ted Koppy and First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon.

A parade would not be complete without music. The 2017 Park Road Parade will feature the University of Hartford’s Brazilian Samba Band, Conard High School 9th Grade and Sedgwick Middle School 8th Grade combined band, Connecticut Valley Field Music, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Golden Phoenix, Sphinx Shriners False Alarmers, Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipe Band, Windsor Fife & Drum, Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps., Colchester Fife & Drum, Rob the Drummer, The Boys of Wexford and Trevor “The Games Man” Stilt Walker. 

Awards are given each year to Best Float, Best Overall Performance, Best Costume, Best Musical Performance, and Best Community Spirit. Darlene Zoller and Rick Fountain of Playhouse on Park will be judging and emceeing the parade. West Hartford Community TV will be airing the parade live on Comcast Channel 5.

Parking is available on the side streets north of the Boulevard including Arnoldale Road, Lexington Road, Beverly Road and roads off South Highland including Fairview St. and Warrenton Ave.  Handicapped parking is available on Crescent St., Fairlawn St. and Washington Circle.

Restroom use is available at A.C. Petersen’s Restaurant, the Playhouse on Park, the Three Ladies Antiques and Effie’s Restaurant.

For more information, please call Renée McCue at 860-561-7521 or Tony Landino at 860-966-4582, or visit www.ParkRoadCT.com and Like Us on Facebook!

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