FRAMINGHAM – For years, the Elks upheld the tradition of Flag Day in Framingham, when the parades disappeared.
Today, the largest crowd for the City of Framingham Flag Day parade, was in right in front of the Framingham Elks Lodge on Union Avenue.
The 1-mile parade route started at St. Stephen’s Church, whet down Concord Street, passed the Memorial Building, and down Union Avenue, and ended at Bowditch Field.
While there was a sparse crowd downtown, and along parts of the route, the crowd was 2-3 people thick in front of the Lodge, which hosted a party with hamburgers and hot dogs before and after the parade.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer announced the return of the Flag Day parade to the community earlier this year.
A committee, she appointed, named Spicer, City Clerk Valerie Mulvey and Korean War Veteran Nick Paganella as the grand marshals for the 60-minute parade.
Superintendent Bob Tremblay not only marched in the parade, he played his trumpet along with the award-winning Framingham High School marching band.
Framingham High Athletic Director was the master of ceremonies at the Elks viewing stand, announcing each of the marching groups, and telling a little bit about them.
More than 3 dozen organizations participated in the return of the Flag Day parade, including the Framingham Police, Framingham Fire, and Framingham DPW.
The Framingham Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts marched in the parade.
Framingham Housing Authority, Saint Bridget School, Hanson’s Farm, and Eastleigh Farm contributed floats to the parade.
Framingham Youth Cheer marched in the parade, as did the Framingham Elks, Framingham Lions Club, and Framingham Masons.
The Worcester Bagpipe Band performed (see video), along with its member Framingham Firefighter Joseph Mazzola.
The Shriners’ mini vehicles and clowns entertained the crowds in between marchers.
Members of the 54th Re-enactment Color Guard participated in the parade, as did members of the Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps. (see video).
The members of Discovering Hidden Gems danced along the parade route and at the viewing stand in front of the Elks (check out the video.)
Framingham City Councilors, Framingham School Committee members, and State Rep. Jack Lewis marched in the parade today, June 10.
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