The people of Stoughton, like everywhere else, were calling for a parade. The COVID pandemic put an end to the July 4 and Christmas parades of last year.
Thousands of people gathered on Sunday July 4 for the annual Independence Day Parade in Stoughton.
Roger Caissie of High voltage sound again provided audio throughout the city center. Jeremy smith, who will represent Massachusetts at next year’s Special Olympics in Orlando, sang “The National Anthem.” The crowd joined me as MC to recite a rendition of “The Pledge of Allegiance”
The chief of police Donna McNamara and state senator Walter Timilty both walked down the road, shaking hands and bumping their fists with the crowd. New fire chief Mike Carroll was in a lead car, followed by the Deputy Fire Chief Jackson macomber. A number of police and fire vehicles followed, including a stunning new Randolph fire truck.
DPW Fred spintig drives the recycling truck usually driven in parades by Al pedro. Tragically, Pedro and his wife, Aldina, were killed in an accident while riding their motorbike. The truck stopped at Examination stand, and a minute of silence was reserved for the couple.
Stoughton’s own David Sheehan represented the Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick W. McDermott. The Color Guard VFW quickly followed, as did the Veterans Agent. Mike Pazyra, who welcomed many veterans into the crowd he assisted during his years of service.
New England group productions provided live patriotic music, and Mike LaFleur, who ran 149 miles in May in honor of Stoughton’s 149 fallen soldiers in all of the country’s wars, was there with his iconic flag. President of Selectman Joe mokrisky drives the antique Stoughton Historical Society fire truck, with the retired army sergeant major. Peter Harback a board. Harback, the old man’s husband Money saver owner Roberta harback, served 20 years in Army National Guard Engineering Unit 181, then in Unit 379 with Desert Storm. The board of directors, with the vice-president Debrah Roberts, Stephen Cavey, Scott Carrara and newly elected member Lou gitto, contract with the general manager Robin grimm.
the Classic Club Corvette, East Coast cameras, Old Colony T model, and South Shore Antique Auto Show had a nice range of vehicles in the parade. The corvettes were driven by local residents Eric Bucaria and a 1986 Indy Pace car by Jim federico, with his wife, Cheryl. Don Sasin once again drove his 1930 Durant Doodlebug, along with his granddaughter, Rori Sasin.
the Tamales Marching Band entertained with New Orleans style jazz. SMAC was represented in their remote studio vehicle by the new CEO Marc Linde. Old Stoughton Music Society, the oldest operating musical society in the United States, participated. The SMS usually has two concerts a year – in December and May. He is always on the lookout for new singers to join.
Rodrigue and family of Gardening angels was represented, just like Millennium landscaping and Construction in Canton – -with many vehicles. Lou’s custom exhaust also sported many vehicles in the parade.
New this year was the Home appliance king, otherwise known as Mark the King, the most frequently mentioned home appliance repairer on Stoughton’s social media sites. Swansea High School Fanfare walked, playing as it went. Circus dynamics, with local DJ Chris Zienko, also participated. Maxx training, with Mike Varner, illustrated some of the things he teaches (like self-defense, martial arts, and boxing), while handing out t-shirts, designed for the July 3 event the day before, which was canceled due to bad weather.
Sports champions included the STOYAC Softball Champions, as good as White Sox, Stoughton Youth Minor League Baseball champion (trained by Liam McKenna); Red Sox Major League Champion (trained by Neal o’brien); and Babe Ruth Champion Farley Funeral Home (trained by Matt petruzzo).
the Stoughton Recreation Department, directed by Matthieu cauchon, did a great job organizing the parade, under difficult conditions, at the end of a pandemic! He and much of his staff also took part in the parade!
Cauchon said Snyder’s Stoughton, “I think the parade went very well, I was happy to see so many people along the route celebrating the independence of our nation and coming together as one. Stoughton has great traditions and service to the Recreation is proud to be a part of it. Today was extra special as it is the first community event since COVID. I want to thank everyone who participated in the parade, as well as the Stoughton Police Department, Stoughton Fire, and Public works for all their support and hard work. Thank you to the officials who made this possible, and Felicia and Molly in my department. Thanks to Mark Snyder for the welcome and, of course, the Stoughton community for going out and celebrating with us! ”
I had fun. I love seeing all my friends from Stoughton twice a year at the parades. It is an honor for me to travel from Cape Town to host the parades. The parade will be available for viewing on SMAC, and its social media and website platforms,
God bless Stoughton and God bless the United States!
Mark Snyder, who has written over 3,000 newspaper and magazine articles, and published three books, and is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the internet entertainment superstation. He also started the Stoughton News group on Facebook, which has more than 10,500 subscribers. An idea of history? He can be reached by email at [email protected], by toll-free fax at 866-655-8234 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio.