Page 56 - Wallingford Magazine Issue 23, Summer 2019
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Jubilee Float Parade
by Tarn Granucci, editor
The Wallingford Jubilee 350 week of celebrations will begin with a parade on Saturday, June 20, 2020. It’s called the Jubilee Float Parade and is sponsored by Ul- brich Stainless Steels & Special Metals. On parade day church bells throughout town will ring at 1:30 p.m. signi- fying the start of the parade and our 350 Jubilee Week. The parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m., but the entertainment starts at noon. A 1970s band and a Beatles band will be playing on two separate stages. One located on Center and Main Streets and one on South Elm Street. There will also be a surprise performance from two special performers that everyone knows and loves. This will kick off our parade.
John Sullivan, parade chair for the Wallingford 350 Jubilee Parade has recently been in touch with the South Philadelphia String Band. Shriner Parade units have all been invited and John has also signed the Fun- sters. The parade committee has invitations pending for 40 Fife and Drum Bands, for Pipers, and for Revolution- ary and Civil War reenactors. They have also signed a mobile train, many antique cars, stilt walkers, and sev-
eral bands.
Several large bleachers holding 300 spectators will
be placed along the parade route. Food trucks will be located at Moses Y. Beach, Doolittle Park, Pat Wall Field and Lyman Hall High School. Shuttle buses will run all day from designated parking areas. A handicapped-only lot will be located at Pond Hill School with handicapped buses will be provided.
The parade route starts on North Main Street be- tween North and High Streets, travels down North Main Street, turns left on Center Street, right on South Elm, left on Pond Hill and finishes at Lyman Hall High School. The parade will be held rain or shine.
Residents should expect road closures all along the parade route. The parade committee will provide the public with parking maps and shuttle bus routes closer to parade day. Organizations wishing to participate in the parade should complete an application on the pa- rade website: https://www.walling-
ford350parade.com.
There is so much more to come
and it will undoubtedly be a spectac- ular event to kick off our 350th anni- versary year celebrations! Questions may be sent to 350paradechair@ gmail.com
In the week following the parade, there will be a remarkable variety of events. The Jubilee 350 committees have been working for more than two years to prepare for our town celebra- tion. There will be a 1776 play that will run for three nights and days dedicat- ed to honoring and celebrating faith, history and diversity, women, busi- ness and agriculture, seniors, and our youth. On the last two days, there will be a block dance, a free concert, and a gala ball at Choate Rosemary Hall. Be sure to plan your vacations before or after Jubilee 350. You don’t want to miss this historic and fun event!
Wallingford Magazine – Summer, 2019
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