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Ridgefield Honors The Lost In Annual Memorial Day Parade

American Flags are a prominent part of the Memorial Day celebrations. Ridgefield will be celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 with the annual Memorial Day Parade down Main Street.
American Flags are a prominent part of the Memorial Day celebrations. Ridgefield will be celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 with the annual Memorial Day Parade down Main Street. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo, File photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - The annual Memorial Day parade on Ridgefield's Main Street has been touted as one of the best in the region, and this year thousands will be marching in it.

The parade is organized every year by the local American Legion Post 78, and people crowd the street to watch the parade go down Main Street.

There will be eight bands and seven floats, said Bob Tulipani, who has been the parade coordinator for the American Legion for the last seven years

"The main event is of course the veterans  in honor of those who have served and those who have passed on," Tulipani said. "It’s a time for the town to remember who have gone and served."

Leading the parade will be James and Josie Connelly, the first couple ever to be honored by the Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade. James was a Navy corpsman in World War II, and Josie was a nurse during the Korean War.

The parade will start Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Jesse Lee Methodist Church and go down Main Street to Ballard Park. At the end of the parade, local officials, including state Rep. John Frey and First Selectman Rudy Marconi, will speak.

Ridgefield Police Capt. Tom Comstock said all of Main Street will be blocked off from Route 102 to Gilbert Street. Police will be on hand to help direct traffic and show drivers to detours.

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