Another Norwich Parade is happening soon " Check out photo's from last years parade and new info"
Let's have a parade : Save the date: Starting at 10:00 AM on July21
Here is updated info on this years parade as well as the photos of last years parade:
A drawing depicting "then and now" (The Norwich Parade's theme)
These drawings were done by Marion Cross School third grade students
The idea to bring back the Norwich Parade started with Bill Hammond, Rose Smith, and Richard Neugass. They started a discussion in December 2016 about the possibility of bringing back the parade. Richard, as a member of the Norwich Lions presented the idea to the club at its January meeting. The Lions Club then invited Bill Hammond and Rose Smith to make a presentation and got on board with the plan.
Funding was spearheaded by Dan Fraser and secured through the efforts of many donations. Dan performed magic to help the committee raise over $ 1200 in just one week.
There was a lot of town spirit leading up to and on the day of the parade. Fitting for an “Into the Future" themed parade —the last float was Norwich’s historic hearse.
The Committee is working very hard to make this years parade bigger and better than last year, but we need your help.
Dan Fraser recently posted on the Norwich List Serve, the following statement regarding the parade on behalf of the committee: I thought it would be nice to include it in this article for your review.
Let's have a parade! We are trying to re-establish the Norwich Fair Parade. We have a date set: Sat. July 21 (starting at 10:00 am).The Norwich Lions Club is assisting by providing liability coverage for the event (one of the biggest hurdles to overcome) Thank you Norwich Lions! ,however, we need to raise money if we are going to make this happen. Last year we raised the $1,200.00 needed in a little more than a week, so I am confident that we can do the same this year. Funds are needed to cover the cost of bands and also to cover the cost of the BBQ for participants following the event. No amount is too small to donate. Checks can made to The Norwich Parade and dropped off to me. We thank Mascoma Bank for providing us with an account for the funds collected.
Do you remember how much fun the parade was last year? Let's do it again. And, this year, we have a lot more time to plan, so it will be bigger and better! Save the date, talk to your friends, neighbors and organizations that you are involved in and start thinking about a float for the parade. We are looking for everything from old cars, parade worthy animals, bands, clowns and all those things more creative, you name it, we would love to have you join the parade.Please consider donating today. Let's see how fast we can make this happen.
Thanks for keeping it local
In Closing, I have provided some photo's from last years parade so that you can see how much fun it was and hopefully attend this wonderful event. As soon as you see the photo's you will clearly see how wonderful this event was last year.
If you have any questions or would like to assist please contact one of the committee members below:
Dan Fraser < firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Richard Neugass < email@example.com>,
Demo Sofronas < firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Rose Swift < email@example.com>,
Bill Hammond <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and
Charles Taylor <Charles.Taylor@mascomabank.com>
Enjoy the Photo's
2017 Parade Participants included:
Norwich Police Department
Veteran's Color Guard
Ben Trussell and his car dedicated to veterans
Parade Marshall-Highway Dept.
Lyme Town Band
Norwich Public Library
Norwich Energy Committee
Upper Valley Band
Norwich Women's Club
Norwich Historical Society
A festive moment on Main Street
Bill and Jane Stetson
Norwich Congregational Church
Vintage blue truck
Jamo Griggs driving a vintage Ford
Scottish Club of the Twin States
Army surplus truck from Maine
Cornelia Waterfall in her son's Keegan's Tesla
Norwich Historical Society
Photos by Chad Finer, Stephen Flanders and Lee Michaelides