The Town of East Greenwich will have another one of their spectacular parades on Monday, May 26, commencing at 10 a.m., with Grand Marshal John Holmes.
The parade steps off from Academy Field and will wind a short way through the “Hill” area turning left onto First Avenue (Route 401). The entire procession will pause briefly for a wreath-laying ceremony at the flag by the World War II Memorial on the corner of Cliff Street. The Honor Guards from the East Greenwich Police Department and the East Greenwich Fire Department will be present.
The parade will be led by a “Lone Piper”, bagpiper Aaron Lindo. The always colorful Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals, local Colonial militias, will be present with an array of other participants. The East Greenwich High School Marching Band will be the featured musical group with additional entertainment provided by the Cycling Murray’s and The Night Life Traditional Marching Band. Miss East Greenwich, Alexandra Curtis, and Mrs. Rhode Island American, Adrienne Norberg, will be riding in style and waving to spectators.
The parade will continue North on Main Street. Closing ceremonies will take place on the front steps of Town Hall. Patrick Faherty, a student at Our Lady of Mercy, has been invited to recite the Gettysburg Address.
This parade and the other Town parade on Veterans’ Day are long-time traditions by one of the few remaining communities in the State continuing to honor the living and the dead of past conflicts.
A temporary parking ban will be in effect on several streets surrounding Academy Field such as Rector Street and Spring Street to accommodate parade vehicles. Community Service Officers will be directing traffic and assisting participants and their families on parking and drop-off points.