Shelton’s Memorial Day parade brings out patriotic crowd

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Shelton and Derby on Monday for the annual Memorial Day parade. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

A popular place to watch the Derby-Shelton Memorial Day parade was the intersection of Howe Avenue and Bridge Street in Shelton.

A popular place to watch the Derby-Shelton Memorial Day parade was the intersection of Howe Avenue and Bridge Street in Shelton.

“It’s a nice event,” said Joe DeFilippo of Shelton, who was watching the parade from a lawn chair on Coram Avenue.

Members of the Shelton Police Department’s honor guard lead the parade.

Members of the Shelton Police Department’s honor guard lead the parade.

“I get to see some of my old friends here,” said DeFilippo, who served in the Navy during World War II. He saw action in the Pacific arena, making six landings during the war in the 1940s.

Lee Post of Shelton was watching the proceedings from Howe Avenue, near Bridge Street, with his son Dylan.

Shelton Youth Cheerleading members wave to onlookers from the top of a firetruck during the parade.

Shelton Youth Cheerleading members wave to onlookers from the top of a firetruck during the parade.

“It’s nice to see all the people here,” said Post, who has come to the parade for 18 years, when he moved to the city from elsewhere in Fairfield County.

“My favorite part is the candy,” said an excited Dylan, who kept busy waving a small American flag as the marchers went by.

One of the highlights of the parade were large military vehicles.

One of the highlights of the parade were large military vehicles.

Onlookers cheered on marchers from veterans organizations, schools, sports and scouting organizations, volunteer fire departments, police departments, cultural groups, and many other entities.

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The weather for this year’s parade was close to perfect, being mostly sunny with some minor cloud cover.

 

Jim Welch makes pancakes while assisted by Justin Fernandes at the local Boys & Girls Club’s 40th annual Doc Bednar Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, served at Coram Avenue and Center Street.

Jim Welch makes pancakes while assisted by Justin Fernandes at the local Boys & Girls Club’s 40th annual Doc Bednar Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, served at Coram Avenue and Center Street.

 

 

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