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A Great Day for a Parade on West Hartford’s Park Road

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

West Hartford’s 21st Park Road Parade was held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

By Ronni Newton. Photos by Hunter Marotto

Thousands lined the sidewalks of West Hartford on a crisp and sunny Saturday morning as the Park Road celebrated the 21st year of the neighborhood’s iconic parade.

Organizers of this year’s Park Road Parade had asked the community to nominate “unsung heroes” to be grand marshal of this year’s event, and Patti Albee, founder of West Hartford’s immensely popular Neighbors and Friends in West Hartford Facebook group, was thrilled to be selected and lead the parade.

Creative floats, musical groups, schools, business and civic organizations, town and state officials, and dogs of all shapes and sizes were among the approximately 70 contingents participating in the parade. As is traditional, “Santa” from Mark’s Christmas Trees brought up the rear.

Playhouse on Park Co-Artistic Directors Darlene Zoller and Sean Harris emceed the event, while Town of West Hartford Public Relations Specialist Renée McCue and Rob Rowlson, the former director of Community Services, provided narration for the WHCi live stream.

Along with the parade, many Park Road area business offered associated specials.

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21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

21st Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 5, 2019. Photo credit: Hunter Marotto

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2 Comments

  • […] Early Saturday morning I did my last long run in preparation for next week’s half marathon, and boy, was it cold! I thought I might be able to make it all the way through my training without wearing gloves but on Saturday morning not only did I have to dig out my gloves, but I also wore leggings and jacket. I forgot an ear band, and regretted it for the first few miles. Thankfully the weather warmed up later in the day, and it was sunny – perfect for the Park Road Parade. (See the great photo gallery from Hunter Marotto here.) […]

  • […] Early Saturday morning I did my last long run in preparation for next week’s half marathon, and boy, was it cold! I thought I might be able to make it all the way through my training without wearing gloves but on Saturday morning not only did I have to dig out my gloves, but I also wore leggings and jacket. I forgot an ear band, and regretted it for the first few miles. Thankfully the weather warmed up later in the day, and it was sunny – perfect for the Park Road Parade. (See the great photo gallery from Hunter Marotto here.) […]

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