By Angela Barbosa
As a tradition that has been carried on since September of 1962, the Newtown Labor Day Parade attracts people from all over the state to line the streets of Newtown.
Many floats, spirited bands, marching units, political party candidates, clowns, decorated bicycles, local business, police patrol vehicles from out of state, horse mounted riding units, Newtown’s fire companies, which have always been the backbone of the parades, churches, theatre groups and many other attractions are highlighted at the parade.
This year’s parade theme was “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown,” displaying the many talented artists and creative organizations that enrich our communities! Among them was this year’s Grand Marshal, Ruth Newquist, an award-winning artist who is well known for her land-and cityscapes in watercolor and oil.
Newtown’s Labor Day Parade has grown to be the largest in the state, attracting governors, senators and other dignitaries. Most towns that have parades schedule them for Memorial Day Weekend.