CHELMSFORD PARADE COMMITTEE, INC. - 4TH OF JULY P
The Chelmsford Parade Committee, Inc. had another successful 4th of July Parade! This year was the town’s 46th annual parade! The weather was quite hot but that not deter the participants or great crowd! We had a wonderful selection of bands, floats and marching groups that brought smiles and cheers from everyone in the audience!
Our incredible team of members who are appointed by the Town Manager include, Jim Cullen, Hank Hamelin, Jeff Hardy, Janet Hayes, Kathy Kelley, Chuck Marcella, Lynn Marcella, Rich McLaughlin, Brian Reidy, Rick Romano, Deb Trask and Arlene Wood. Thanks to our Town Manager Paul Cohen who was a great help coordinating everything we needed with the Town. Thanks also, to the numerous volunteers, too many to name, who helped make the day the great success that it was!
We appreciate the following who were sponsors of this year’s parade: Red Sponsors: Chelmsford Business Association, Enterprise Bank, and Lockheed Martin; White Sponsors: Harrington Wine & Liquors and Republic Services; Blue Sponsors: Chelmsford Lumber Company, Eastern Bank, Ferreira’s Towing, Lowell Five, Mercury Systems, Parlee Horse Farm – South Chelmsford, Trinity EMS and Waste Management. We also hung a total of 62 Old Town Hall banners in Chelmsford Center, Vinal Square and on Drum Hill Road. We appreciate all the businesses and families that sponsored these banners.
There were 25 floats that local groups created which were wonderful! Winners of the float competition this year were: First Prize: Chelmsford Farmers Market; Second Prize: Cub Scout Pack 81; Third Prize: Enterprise Bank. Congratulations to all of them!!
Our Parade Marshal this year was Susan Gates. Susan served as a Selectwoman in Chelmsford, was one of the founders of the Farmer’s Market, worked long and hard on the renovations to the Old Town Hall on North Road, now the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, these are just a few of the activities she has participated in for the Town of Chelsmford. She rode in style in a beautiful Cadillac convertible driven by Steve Simone and had a great time waving to all of her “fans”!
The winners of this years raffles were: Sports Extravaganza Raffle – Kristen Florence from North Chelmsford; $1,655.00 – John Harrington from Chelmsford; $500.00 – Joe & Claire Lynch from West Chelmsford; $100.00 (5 of them) – Willis Buckingham from Westford; Bud Tuttle and Dennis Gearin from Chelmsford; Kristen Melancon and Laura Lee from North Chelmsford. Congratulations to all our winners!
Thank you to all of the residents and businesses of Chelmsford and the surrounding communities who purchased raffle tickets and came to the parade! We have been appointed again and are already planning the 2014 parade. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!
The town is asking residents to please wait until July 2nd to put your chairs out on the parade route. No need to have them out too far in advance... It is a problem for our disabled residents who need to use the sidewalks.
Important Information for participants in the 2013 Parade...
REGISTRATION: There will be a registration table at the entrance to the driveway at
TIME: Units will begin lining up at 7:30 a.m. at
PICK-UP SPOT FOR SHUTTLE BUSSES: Please park your vehicles at the Chelmsford Public Library, the Shops on Summer Street or in front of the old Marshall’s and Stop & Shop buildings. Busses will be picking up riders along side of the old
THE LAST BUS: WILL LEAVE SUMMER STREET AT 9:00 A.M. IF YOU DO NOT GET THE BUS YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE DROPPED OFF BY 9:00 A.M. AS NORTH ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT 9:00 A.M.
PARKING: There will be no parking at
BAND BUSSES: Band busses will be allowed to drop band members off at the school and then can proceed to the Summer Street parking areas. This is where the parade will end so the busses will be convenient for your band members. The bands will be lined up at the right of
· We are requesting that no water guns, hoses, etc. be on any of the floats. Last year the electronics in a float was ruined, expensive camera equipment was damaged and the inside of a truck had problems with water. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY WATER DAMAGE. FLOATS WILL BE INSPECTED BY PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
· In order to be eligible for Judging of your float, it must be at McCarthy and totally put together by 8:30 a.m.
· Vehicle drivers are responsible for the safety of passengers in the vehicle and on the float. Floats should have “spotters” on each side of the float watching out for the safety of their passengers.
· Please use caution when distributing candy during the parade. Do not throw candy from vehicles or floats. Please have designated walkers hand out candy. We don’t want children running in front of moving vehicles to get candy that is thrown out.
DRINKING WATER: Generally it is a hot day, please be sure to have “plenty” of drinking water – stay hydrated!!
The Chelmsford Police Department and Parade Officials have complete authority over the parade.
Summer Banners have sold out. Thank you to all of our supporters!!
We have 60 great looking banners hanging in Chelmsford.
"The Great American 4th of July"
DVD's of the documentary are available at the Chelmsford Copy Center in Parlmont Plaza for $10 each. You'll probably laugh, shed a tear, and enjoy seeing many people from town. This is a fantastic documentary produced and directed by Fred Barzyk about our town's Independence Day celebrations.
Guidelines regarding the distribution of candy and use of water toys in the parade can be found on the parade application to the right. As always we ask for your cooperation in keeping our parade safe and enjoyable for all!
*Remember that the Parade Committee does not handle the booth or common activities for the July 3rd/4th celebration.
Booths & Common Activities - Chelmsford Lions Club: Robert Kelley - 978-226-5767
John Carson 4th of July Road Race - Bob Sullivan - www.sullivanfarmsicecream.com
Art Festival: Helen Moriarty - 978-251-3971
Celebrations Committee: Robert Kelley - 978-226-5767, Tricia Dzuris - 978-250-5201