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Get Ready For Memorial Day Parades, Norwalk And Rowayton

From left, Julia Seely, Sara Spielman, Mary Elise Robillard and Jamie von Bartheld at a recent Memorial Day Parade in Norwalk. Photo Credit: File
Wyatt Robbins, left, and Charlotte Ward are joined by Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. Robbins and Ward will lead Darien's Memorial Day Parade and display their artwork. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk, Rowayton and Darien will host Memorial Day parades this weekend as the region and the nation honors its fallen warriors.

Rowayton’s parade will kick off the triumvirate on Sunday – rain or shine – beginning at noon, winding its way from McKinley Street through the village down Rowayton Avenue.

The Brien McMahon High School and Roton Middle School marching bands will perform and will be joined by Little Leaguers, volunteer firefighters, Sixth Taxing District commissioners, Scouts and lots of onlookers.

The fire house will serve hotdogs, and people will head over to the Veterans Cannon to pay tribute after the parade.

Both Norwalk and Darien will host their Memorial Day Parades on Monday, with each beginning at 10 a.m.

The Norwalk parade will start at Veterans Memorial Park, head down Van Zant Street and turn onto East Avenue and end at the Norwalk Green.

Several of Norwalk’s marching bands will perform, including Norwalk High School, West Rocks Middle School, Ponus Ridge Middle School, Nathan Hale Middle School and Roton and Brien McMahon. They will be joined by a host of public officials, Scouts, military veterans, Police and Fire personnel, young athletes and others.

According to the Norwalk Police Department, the entrance and exit ramps of I-95 at Exit 16 in Norwalk, both northbound and southbound, will be closed from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday to allow the parade to proceed northbound on East Avenue.

Connecticut State Police – Troop G will be assisting with this closure. Exits 13, 14, 15 and 17 will be open for motorists during this time.

In Darien, the parade will begin at the Goodwives Shopping Center and wind its way to the Boston Post Road, where thousands of spectators will cheer on the participants. The parade will end at the Veterans Cemetery on Hecker Avenue.

Phil Kraft, chairman of Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, will be the grand marshal.

Five-year-old Darien resident Wyatt Robbins and 8-year-old Charlotte Ward were selected as the inaugural Memorial Day Children’s Drawing Contest winners and will lead the parade displaying their artwork.

“Congratulations to Charlotte and Wyatt for their wonderful drawings of what Darien’s Memorial Day Parade means to them,” First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said in a statement.  “I love that our parade brings the generations together to honor the brave men and women who have served our country.”

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