The Park Road Association invites you to be a participant in 17th annual Park Road Parade on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM (please note change in date). The Park Road Parade is zany, unique, and most of all, a celebration of all that is good in West Hartford and beyond. We want you to be a part of it!
Each year the parade draws over 7,000 people to Park Road neighborhood and is televised on West Hartford Community TV. Last year over 90 contingents marched the one-half mile route down Park Road, from South Highland Street to Jessamine Street. The parade duration is about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The parade features bands, clowns, dancers, floats, antique cars, dogs of all shapes and sizes, sports mascots, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town officials. Anything goes in this parade, from simple banners with marchers sporting the identical T-shirt, to elaborate costumes, dance numbers and floats.
This year's Grand Marshal is Jay Harris, anchor of ESPN SportsCenter. Harris is anchor of the 6:00 PM edition of SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship sports news and information program. Harris joined ESPN's team coverage of the NBA Finals in June 2014.
Awards are given to Best Float, Best Overall Performance, Best Costume, Best Musical Performance, and Best Community Spirit. Be creative and make your contingent stand out from the rest … and win!
The 2013 winners were:
BEST FLOAT -- Whiting Lane School's Garden Shed
OVERALL WINNER -- Renbrook School
BEST COSTUME -- Kuskalla Peruvian
BEST MUSICAL GROUP -- Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Marching Band
BEST COMMUNITY SPIRIT -- Hello West Hartford
Come join us by signing-up today. There is no fee to participate.
For more information, call me at (860) 561-7521 or email email@example.com.
About the Parade
The genesis of the Park Road Parade started in 1998 as a celebration of the completion of a two-year road reconstruction and beautification project which bonded both businesses and residents of the area. The project spanned Prospect Avenue to South Quaker Lane and included a new pavement, streetlights, and sidewalks. The theme then and now is to celebrate the neighborhood: its diversity of people, businesses and culture. Bring the whole family to this wonderful celebration of West Hartford!
Pictured Above: In the golf cart: Allyson and John Paindiris with sons Nate and Zach. Clowns from left to right: Lily Pierson, Karen Pierson, Rhonda Guberman, Tom Goodrum, Scott MacCloy, Liz Moriarty and Diane Giansanti