Life in Newtown, CT: Newtown, CT Labor Day Parade

Newtown, CT Labor Day Parade

Horses in Newtown's Labor Day Parade

Newtown, like many other small towns in America, holds a Labor Day Parade every year and town residents turn out in droves.  Newtown's parade is a big event and many of the town's residents are a part of it.   I have been both a spectator and a participant in Newtown' Labor Day Parade.

As a spectator, I lined up on Main Street (one of the streets along the parade route) with the thousands of other town residents.  The excitement of waiting for the parade to begin is almost intoxicating.  Everyone is meandering toward their parade positions while happily greeting friends and neighbors along the way.  As you hear the parade coming down Main Street, the excitement continues to build.  All of a sudden, the first group is before you and it's followed by the next group and then the next.  An assortment of local firemen, firetrucks, floats, dogs, horses, the high school band, Scout troops, Shriners in their funny cars, Knights of Columbus and others that I've forgotten to mention pass in front of you for a glorious 2+ hours.

While watching the parade, the majority of my time is spent searching for people I know.  I watch the parade and wave and cheer for those who are walking in the parade and talk to friends who pass by where I'm seated.  I see people that I haven't seen in months and we exchange snippets our lives and what has happened since we last saw one another.

Riley at the Labor Day ParadeAs a parade participant, I have marched twice in the parade - both times with my dog, Riley.  We marched in support of Canine Advocates, a local non-profit that is raising money for the town's new dog pound.  Riley and I arrived to the line-up location and waited for the parade to begin.  Once we begin walking down Main Street, people I know yell out my name and wave to me and I wave back.  Riley walks along the roadside on his leash while people of all ages pet him.  Some people offer him water and treats.  Some people take Riley's photo.  Just about everyone tells me how cute Riley his and ask what breed dog he is.  The first time we marched in the parade, Riley didn't make it to the finish line - this year, he completed the entire parade route!

Whether I have been a parade spectator or a parade participant, I am always tired when the parade is over.  This year, Riley and I went home and took a long nap when we were done. 

The next day at the office, the parade is the BIG topic of conversation.  We all talk about who we saw at the parade.  Some talk of parades in the past and some are already planning for the next parade.  Newtown's Labor Day Parade is an event that brings the town together for a few hours of enjoyment.  I'm already looking forward to next year's parade.

Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, Newtown, CT

Bob and Richelle Ward
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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Comment balloon 7 commentsBob and Richelle Ward • October 02 2008 12:52PM

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I just read about you on Chastity's post.  Welcome to ActiveRain!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I hope you learn to enjoy this community as much as I have over the past year or so.  It's awesome!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago

Welcome Bob and Richelle - just wanted to stop by and welcome you - Chastity Guevara gave you a wonderful welcome to Active Rain on her  blog - Connecticut - I love it - and can hardly wait to find out more about it!  If we an help in any way - answer questions...etc..provide encouragement......give you a pat on the back.........anything!  just drop us an e-mail or a call!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

Bob & Richelle - I just read your warm welcome from Chastity and wanted to personally welcome you to Active Rain.  I was so excited to see that you're from Connecticut too and hope we might get a chance to meet in the near future and offer you any help or assistance you need.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) about 10 years ago

Hi and welcome to Activerain, Chastity wrote a very nice welcome post on the two of you. Congratulations for joining and looking forward to your future Posts. Newbie

 

                                                                                   

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) about 10 years ago

Richelle, Its a designation like the Realtors, as yourself, ABR. Here in Texas their are different level of home inspectors, many do not like to distinguish themselves. Its same thing here, some do not want others to know there are Newbies.

OK, what is the P.R.E.I. stands for Professional Real Estate Inspector. Texas's top level of  inspector according to Texas Real Estate Commission  (T.R.E.C.) I use it to stand out.

                                                                                       ~ Newbie

 

                                                                                                           

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) about 10 years ago

Howdy Bob and Richelle

I read the welcoming post that Chastity wrote about Y'all, so I saddled upSaddling up to ride to ride over to pay Y'all a visit.

Bob and Richelle welcome

to the fun of bloggen, learn-en, and network-en with some really fine folk's, in the Active Rain community. Folk's are always will-en to give others a help-en hand.

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

Wow!  Nice comments...glad I could help draw some attention for you.  I like the post...very informational.

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

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