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This past weekend, we celebrated Memorial Day in the United States. It’s my favorite weekend of the year and there’s no other place I’d rather be than in Connecticut with my family and childhood friends. I grew up in South Norwalk, Connecticut (42 miles outside of New York City) and people who come from this neck of the woods understand that Memorial Day weekend is more than just honoring our soldiers, although that’s the most important part. It’s also the (unofficial) first day of summer as the weather is finally warm, the landscape is full of color, the beaches are open, the boats are in the water and most importantly, everyone is in a great mood, walking around wearing summer clothes and big smiles.

Rowayton, CT

Rowayton, Connecticut
Many of my friends and family live in a section of Norwalk called Rowayton. Anyone with ties to Rowayton knows that there’s no better time of year to come back than Memorial Day. Besides all the reasons listed above, this is the weekend that everyone who grew up here has deemed an annual sort of homecoming. Natives travel from all over to make it back for this one special weekend, which kicks off Friday night with a casual martini party on Bell Island. This was the 38th anniversary of the party and it keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Douglas Bora

Paying Tribute
The weekend is filled with countless barbecues and soirées. The granddaddy of all the parties — the Memorial Day Parade — begins at high noon on Sunday. The parade is small. It lasts maybe 30 minutes — but it’s special. The best part is that practically everyone knows everyone who marches. Marchers range from the Rowayton Fire Department to the nationally renowned Brien McMahon High School band, which has performed at huge venues like the Rose Bowl and Yankee Stadium. After the parade, an emotional ceremony takes place at the canon. Everyone takes their hats off, puts their hands on their chests and pays tribute to our fallen soldiers, as well as all those guarding our freedom right now. If the playing of Taps doesn’t give you goose bumps, I don’t know what will. After God Bless America, everyone walks over to the firehouse for free hot dogs and soda.

My dog
My dog
Line for free hot dogs
Line for free hot dogs
Helping my brother
Helping my brother
Douglas Bora
Douglas Bora
Laying of the wreath
Laying of the wreath
The Cannon
The Cannon
Ceremony at Cannon
Ceremony at Cannon
Betty B!
Betty B!
Brien McMahon H.S.
Brien McMahon H.S.
Youth Lacrosse
Youth Lacrosse
Roton Middle School
Roton Middle School
Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts
Pitch the pesticides
Pitch the pesticides
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
Fire dog
Fire dog
Rowayton Fire Dept
Rowayton Fire Dept
U.S.A.
U.S.A.
Classic cars
Classic cars
Old cars
Old cars
Norwalk Police
Norwalk Police
It's that kind of parade
It's that kind of parade
Our veterans
Our veterans
Norwalk Police Dept.
Norwalk Police Dept.
The parade begins at high noon
The parade begins at high noon
New bikes
New bikes
Friends rolling in
Friends rolling in
Lots of Patriotic households
Lots of Patriotic households
The main intersection
The main intersection
Rowayton Pizza
Rowayton Pizza
Helping blow up balloons
Helping blow up balloons
Brendan's 101
Brendan's 101
Bell Island
Bell Island
Johnny Jet

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3 Comments On "2012 Memorial Day Parade in Rowayton, Connecticut"
  1. Cara Schneider|

    NOW I get it. My cousins from Rowayton always spend Memorial Day at home, instead of at Long Beach Island with the rest of the family. I see they weren’t pulling the family leg when they said Memorial Day in Connecticut was not-to-be-missed.

  2. Joyce|

    John, based on these photos we must have been standing virtually right next to each other t the rowayton parade. I never miss it either and I always look for you but missed you again. I was at the cannon when the bmhs band played taps. And Doug Bora in his uniform and combat boots. — you can’t beat that!!

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      We must’ve passed it each other! Next year let’s meet

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