FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham held its 2nd Annual Flag Day Parade Sunday afternoon, June 9.
The 30-minute parade started in downtown Framingham and ended at Bowditch Field.
The largest crowd, for the second year in a row, was at the Framingham Elks Lodge, where the Elks held a viewing party with a BBQ.
Flag Day celebrations has been a tradition with the Elks, who used to host the community’s flag day parade decades ago. Since then the Elks have always hosted a BBQ and flag celebration, and last year and this year, aviewing party at their lodge along the parade route.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer marched in the parade in black & white.
Korean War Veteran Nick Paganella was dressed as Uncle Sam, and handed out American flags to those along the route..
District 1 City Councilor Charlie Sisitsky was the grand marshal of the parade.
Senate President Karen Spilka, Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, Rep. Maria Robinson, Framingham City Councilors, and Framingham School Committee members also marched in the parade.
Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay played the trumpet while matching with the award-winning Framingham High School Marching band. The band showed off their new uniforms in the parade.
Besides the marching band from Framingham High School, the only other school marching in the parade was Saint Bridget School.
Both the Framingham Boy Scouts and Framingham Girl Scouts participated in the parade.
The Framingham Fire department color guard led the parade, along with a half dozen fire trucks.
Framingham DPW also had a half dozen vehicles in the parade.
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