Nearly 80 contingents marched in the 16th Annual Park Road Parade on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 AM. The parade featured bands, clowns, dancers, floats, antique cars, dogs of all shapes and sizes, sports cars, mascots, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town and state officials. Over 7,000 spectators lined Park Road to watch the parade.
The 2013 Park Road Parade featured the University of Hartford’s Brazilian Samba Band, Conard High School 9th Grade and Sedgwick Middle School 8th Grade combined band, the Hartford Marching Phoenix Band, Colonel John Chester Fire & Drum Corps, Connecticut Patriots Ancient Fife & Drum, Connecticut Valley Field Music, Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipe Band, Sphinx Shriner Band, the Windsor Fife & Drum, and The Boys of Wexford.
This year’s parade was extra special as it paid tribute to the late Richard Patrissi with his family marching as the Grand Marshals. Richard Patrissi was known by many as the unofficial Mayor of Park Road. He took great pride and joy in this parade.
Awards are given each year to Best Float, Best Overall Performance, Best Costume, Best Musical Performance, and Best Community Spirit. Tracy Flater, Darlene Zoller and Sean Harris of the Playhouse on Park will be judging. The parade winners are:
BEST FLOAT – Whiting Lane School
OVERALL WINNER – Renbrook School
BEST COSTUMES – Folkloric Group Kuskalla of Hartford
BEST COMMUNITY SPIRIT – Hello! West Hartford
BEST MUSICAL GROUP - Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
West Hartford Community TV filmed the parade and will air it throughout the month of October on Comcast Channel 5.
A parade of this magnitude involves a lot of volunteers and sponsors. A big “thank you” goes out to all of them.
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!