West Hartford's 18th Annual Park Road Parade To Be Held In October

More than 100 people are expected to march in the 18th annual Park Road Parade, scheduled for Oct. 1.

The one-hour parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. at Ringgold Street and end at South Quaker Lane. The parade draws more than 7,000 people to the Park Road neighborhood each year, town officials said.

This year's parade will feature bands, clowns, dancers, floats, dogs, antique cars, color guards, businesses, civic and cultural organizations and town and state officials. West Hartford Community TV will be airing the parade live on Comcast Channel 5.

Dennis House and Kara Sundlun of Eyewitness News 3 will serve as the grand marshals. Playhouse on Park Executive Director Tracy Flater and Playhouse on Park Artistic Director Darlene Zoller will be judging and emceeing the parade.

Awards will be given to the best float, best overall performance, best costume, best musical performance and best community spirit.

The parade will also highlight the University of Hartford's Brazilian Samba Band, Hall High School ninth grade and Bristow Middle School eight grade combined band, Connecticut Valley Field Music, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Golden Phoenix, False Alarmers of Sphinx Shriners, Shriners Brass Band, Colchester Fife & Drum, Windsor Fife & Drum and The Boys of Wexford.

Local Boy Scouts of America troops will be selling popcorn during the parade at three locations: Steben Auto Body, 307 Park Road; Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road; and Effie's Restaurant, 91 Park Road. The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be hosting a bake sale near Steben Auto Body as well.

After the parade, the Boys of Wexford will be singing Irish songs, sea shanties and folk music at Effie's Restaurant.

Handicap parking is available at 120 Park Road. Public restrooms are located at Effie's Restaurant, Playhouse on Park, A.C. Petersen Restaurant, 240 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.

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