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West Hartford Turns Out in Force for Annual Park Road Parade

NBC Connecticut's Heidi Voight was grand marshal of the 19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The weeklong neighborhood celebration of ‘Park Road Parade Days’ culminated with the iconic parade on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

By Ronni Newton

Saturday was a great day for a parade, as thousands lined the sidewalks along a one-mile stretch of West Hartford’s Park Road on a mild morning to enjoy the town’s iconic parade.

Led by the American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 86, the West Hartford Police Department, and Grand Marshal Heidi Voight of NBC Connecticut, the parade featured an eclectic collection of floats, dogs of all shapes and sizes, clowns, dancers, musicians, and antique cars.

Overall more than 70 contingents participated, with town and officials, school groups, businesses, and civic and cultural organizations joining in the event. As is traditional, “Santa” from Mark’s Christmas Trees brought up the rear.

West Hartford Public Relations Specialist Renée McCue said that there were numerous groups new to this year’s parade, including sponsor and participant LAZ Parking, the Connecticut German Club’s “Shwertbrüder [sword brothers],” Coogan School of Irish Dance, and the Kingswood Oxford boys a capella group. Hartford Yard Goats mascots Chompers and Chew Chew also marched in the parade.

Leading up to this year’s parade, the Park Road Association held “Park Road Parade Days,” with discounts offered at local businesses and a happy hour Thursday at Park & Oak Restaurant.

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19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

19th Annual Park Road Parade. West Hartford, CT. Oct. 7, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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