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Memorial Day Parade


The 2023 Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29 at 10AM. Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue. The parade ends at Town Hall and last for about one hour.

Participant information appears below.

If you have any questions, please contact Renee McCue by email or 860-561-7521.

Marching Band
Spectators at Parade
Girl Scouts Marching
Children watching parade
Shari Cantor & Veteran
Town Council Marching
West Hartford Police Marching
children at parade

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About the Parade

West Hartford takes great pride in hosting its annual Memorial Day Parade held annually on the federal holiday, last Monday of May at 10AM (NO RAIN DATE). It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I in the 1920s.

All veterans, with a group or alone, are welcome to march in the parade.

Organizations that have a veteran or military focus or purpose, may participate in the parade.  Please note, the Memorial Day Parade is not a platform for commercial advertising.  Those interested in doing so are invited to participate in the annual Park Road Parade held on the first Saturday of October at 10:30AM.

Memorial Day is all about remembering those who have served our country and those who died while preserving our country’s freedom.

We ask that all participating organizations provide at least ONE NAME of a veteran that you will be honoring on Memorial Day. This name will be announced along with your organization’s name as you walk by the review stand/stage. The veteran may be a family member, a special friend of someone in your group (either alive or passed), or an historical figure. You decide who you will honor on this national holiday.

Participant Information

Division Map & Parade Route
Participant Instructions
Parade Orders
Division Line-up

Line of March 

Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue.  The parade begins on Farmington Avenue, at the intersection of Woodrow Street, and contingents will march east on Farmington Avenue and then shall turn south onto South Main Street, marching on the east side of the Unity Green.  The parade shall turn left onto Burr Street, past the Town Hall entrance. Leaders: Dismiss participants in the Town Hall parking lot.


The parade shall be reviewed by the local elected officials serving as parade officials from the showmobile located at the south end of Unity Green.  Parade officials shall march to the end of the parade and then circle back to the review stand to watch the remainder of the parade.

Weather Contingency

If weather appears to be a factor on the day of the parade, units will be informed by email as soon as possible. THERE IS NO RAIN DATE. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held indoors at the Town Hall Auditorium at 11 AM.

Parking & Parking Ban 

Free parking ALL DAY at ALL municipal parking sites on Memorial Day.

In preparation for the Memorial Day parade, starting at 12:01AM on Monday, May 29 the Town will implement a parking ban along the parade route.  

  • Pleasant St., west side, from Whitman Ave. to Farmington Ave.
  • Farmington Ave., both sides, from Walden St. to Raymond Rd.
  • North Main St. and South Main St., both sides, from Brace Rd. to Burr St.

The Town will lift the parking ban following the conclusion of the parade. Parking will resume normal operation on Tuesday, May 29 at 6AM. For more information, go to

Memorial Day Ceremony

Immediately following the parade at about 11:15AM, a brief Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial, corner of North Main St. and Farmington Ave., to bring special meaning to the holiday.

This year’s keynote speaker is Gerald 'Jerry' Gorss.

The ceremony is complete with color guards from the West Hartford Police and Fire departments and American Legion Post 96. 

Special thanks to West Hartford Community Interactive for bringing these two events to West Hartford residents via Comcast channel 5, Frontier channel 6098 and on YouTube.

Parade Map

Click on image to open and download map. 

First page of the PDF file: Division-Map