WEST HARTFORD — Bring the whole family to the 21st annual Park Road Parade on Saturday, Oct. The one-hour parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., at Ringgold Street and ends at South Quaker Lane.
Over 70 contingents are expected to march in this year’s parade. The parade features bands, clowns, dancers, floats, dogs of all shapes and sizes, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations, and town and state officials. Each year the parade draws over 7,000 people to Park Road neighborhood.
Music is a big component of the parade. The 2019 Park Road Parade will feature the University of Hartford’s Brazilian Samba Band, Conard High School 9th Grade and Bristow Middle School 8th Grade combined band, Connecticut Valley Field Music, Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, Sphinx Shriner Brass Band, Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipe Band, Windsor Fife & Drum, Sailing Masters of 1812, Rob the Drummer, False Alarmers of the Sphinx Shriners and The Boys of Wexford.
Awards are given each year to Best Float, Best Overall Performance, Best Costume, Best Musical Performance, and Best Community Spirit. Darlene Zoller and Sean Harris from Playhouse on Park will be judging and emceeing the parade. West Hartford Community TV will be airing the parade live 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 2019 sponsors are Effie’s Place Family Restaurant, LAZ Parking, Open Arms Christian Ministries, AT&T, Shop Rite, Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, West Hartford Travel Basketball, West Hartford Police Association, Joey’s Pizza Pie, Mr. Sparkle Car Wash, Pond House Café, Body & Sole Day Spa, Turnpike Motors Autobody, Coursey & Coursey Public Affairs Communications, Essence Health, Molloy Funeral Home, Liberty Bank, Lovely Real Estate dba Newport Realty Group, Northwestern Mutual, Udolf Properties, and United Bank.
Handicap parking is available at 120 Park Road. Spectator parking is located on Richard, Crosby, Gillette and Ringgold Streets and Oakwood Avenue (south of Crosby Street). There is also ample parking on the arterial streets north of Boulevard between South Highland and South Quaker. Public restrooms are located at Effie’s Restaurant, 91 Park Road, A.C. Petersen Restaurant, 240 Park Road, Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, and Three Ladies Antiques, 328 Park Road.
For more information, please call Renée McCue at 860-561-7521 or Tony Landino at 860-966-4582, or visit www.ParkRoadCT.com/events and Like Us on Facebook.