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Memorial Day 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. It follows a tradition established by returning West Hartford veterans from World War I in the 1920s.

The 2022 parade will be held on Monday, May 30 at 10AM. Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue. The parade duration is about one hour.

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.

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

Slideshow images from we-ha.com

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

Participant Information

Email the following information to Renee McCue
  • Organization Name
  • Contact Person
  • Email Address
  • Phone
  • Name of Veteran your organization is honoring 
  • Number of Participants in your group
  • Who comprises your group? Adults & Children OR Adults only
  • Are your participants marching or riding in a vehicle or both? 
  • If there is a vehicle with your group, provide details (Make & Model)
  • Does your group have a float? If so, provide details (theme, size, how it is being towed)
Line of March:  Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30 AM 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 Goodman Green to Burr Street.  The parade shall turn left onto Burr Street and into the Town Hall parking lot to be dismissed by their Leaders.  Exception: the antique cars shall continue south onto South Main Street to the Boulevard to exit the parade.
 

Review:  The parade shall be reviewed by the parade officials from the reviewing stand located at the south end of the Goodman Green.  Parade officials shall march in the parade to the reviewing stand and either fall out, or continue to the end and make their way back to the reviewing stand.

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.

Volunteers: Volunteers are critical to the organization of this parade. Any person who is high school age or older is welcome to help. Volunteer jobs include Veterans Assistant, Division Assistant, and Division Captain. Contact Renee McCue to sign-up as a volunteer or to learn more about the volunteer positions.

Parking: Free parking ALL DAY at ALL municipal parking sites on Memorial Day. Starting 12AM on-street parking is prohibited along parade route: 

  • Pleasant St, West side, from Whitman to Farmington Ave.
  • Farmington Ave., both sides, from Walden to Raymond
  • Main St., both sides, from Brace to Burr

Memorial Day Ceremony

Immediately following the parade at about 11AM, 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 Lieutenant General Edward Banta, USMC, Deputy Director of Installations and Logistics. 

The ceremony is complete with color guards from the West Hartford Police and Fire departments and American Legion Post 96. Special recognition goes to the American Legion upon their centennial anniversary!

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