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 duration is about one hour.
If you have any questions, please contact Renee McCue by email or 860-561-7521.
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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. 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.
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 Unity Green. The parade shall turn left 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.
The parade shall be reviewed by the parade officials from the reviewing stand located at the south end of the Unity 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.
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 12AM 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 30 at 6AM. For more information, go to www.westhartfordct.gov/Parking
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.
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