Perfect weather brings big crowds at Shelton Memorial Day parade

The start of the parade makes its way onto the Derby/Shelton Bridge, where the opening ceremony was held.

Picture perfect weather attracted thousands of spectators along the route of the 2013 Derby/Shelton Memorial Day parade in downtown Shelton and Derby on Monday morning. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The parade featured veterans organizations, public officials, school groups, fire departments, bands, scouting groups, youth sports groups, cultural organizations, businesses and other entities.

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Shelton’s Memorial Day parade: Pride and remembrance

Cheering the marchers on the parade are Shelton youngsters, from left, Lia Monteiro, 4; Ella Welsh, 6; Cora Welsh, 11; and Ryan Welsh, 7.
John Casey, 99, a World War II veteran, left, shakes hands with Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti as Derby Mayor Tony Staffieri watched on. Casey, who spent much of his life in Shelton but now lives in Seymour, was selected to throw the memorial wreath off the bridge into the Housatonic River.
Members of Shelton Girl Scout Troop 60860 march up White Street in the parade.
Husband and wife Paul Tobin and Gina Scarpa grab a bite to eat at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley’s 38th annual Doc Bednar Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast in Shelton during the parade.
A military helicopter fly-over took place during the opening ceremony.
Echo House Volunteer Hook & Ladder members salute as they walk by the volunteer fire company’s Coram Avenue station during the parade.
Military members participate in the opening ceremony on the bridge.