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)

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

“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.

“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.

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.