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Spirit of Marlborough shines despite rain at 62nd Labor Day Parade

“The arts lift Marlborough’s spirit” proclaims a float with Marlborough High School students, which won the Marlborough Trophy for best expressing this year’s theme.

“The arts lift Marlborough’s spirit” proclaims a float with Marlborough High School students, which won the Marlborough Trophy for best expressing this year’s theme.

Marlborough – About 130 marching units dodged raindrops and endured downpours at the 62nd annual Marlborough Labor Day Parade held downtown Sept. 2. Participants included several local and state elected officials and candidates. With “Spirit of Marlborough” as this year’s theme, the parade was led by community leader and business owner Bob Kays. The holiday celebration began that morning with the Marlborough Lions Club’s annual Bed Race, which set a course record.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-3rd District, marches through one of several of the day’s sudden downpours.

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-3rd District, marches through one of several of the day’s sudden downpours.

Angel Vallejo, 5, meets Fonzi of the Aleppo Shriners' Clowns.

Angel Vallejo, 5, meets Fonzi of the Aleppo Shriners’ Clowns.

Meeting parade spectators is state Rep. Tom Conroy, D-Wayland, of the 13th Middlesex District, which includes four precincts in Marlborough.

Meeting parade spectators is state Rep. Tom Conroy, D-Wayland, of the 13th Middlesex District, which includes four precincts in Marlborough.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey marches with supporters.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey marches with supporters.

Candy is thrown from the float entered by the Marlborough Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3565.

Candy is thrown from the float entered by the Marlborough Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3565.

Steve Kerrigan, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, mingles along the parade sidelines.

Steve Kerrigan, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, mingles along the parade sidelines.

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, meets parade spectators.

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, meets parade spectators.

Peggy Sheldon, secretary, waves from the Marlborough Rotary Club’s float, which won the Judges’ Trophy.

Peggy Sheldon, secretary, waves from the Marlborough Rotary Club’s float, which won the Judges’ Trophy.

Among the representatives of Marlborough Chapter 82 of the Disabled American Veterans are Commander Wayne Stanley and Quartermaster Wayne Grant.

Among the representatives of Marlborough Chapter 82 of the Disabled American Veterans are Commander Wayne Stanley and Quartermaster Wayne Grant.

Leading a group of elected officials are (l to r) state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough; City Council President Patricia Pope; and Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

Leading a group of elected officials are (l to r) state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough; City Council President Patricia Pope; and Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

The Marlborough High School Marching Panther Band and Color Guard pass Monument Square.

The Marlborough High School Marching Panther Band and Color Guard pass Monument Square.

Honored as the grand marshal is Bob Kays (center), who is joined by the daughters of his friend Stefani Ferrecchia, (l to r) Isa and Gabby.

Honored as the grand marshal is Bob Kays (center), who is joined by the daughters of his friend Stefani Ferrecchia, (l to r) Isa and Gabby.

Do-No of the Aleppo Shriners' Clowns shares an umbrella with Sheri Richardson as her friend takes a photo of them.

Do-No of the Aleppo Shriners’ Clowns shares an umbrella with Sheri Richardson as her friend takes a photo of them.

Approaching the City Hall finish line of the Marlborough Lions Club’s annual Bed Race is the team sponsored by the Marlborough Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3565 consisting of Marlborough High School cross country participants: (l to r) Robby McCabe, a senior; Mason Geary, a sophomore; Sheldon Vigeant, boys coach and history teacher; and Spencer Geary, a sophomore. This year’s event raised about $2,000 for the club’s ongoing charitable endeavors.

Approaching the City Hall finish line of the Marlborough Lions Club’s annual Bed Race is the team sponsored by the Marlborough Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3565 consisting of Marlborough High School cross country participants: (l to r) Robby McCabe, a senior; Mason Geary, a sophomore; Sheldon Vigeant, boys coach and history teacher; and Spencer Geary, a sophomore. This year’s event raised about $2,000 for the club’s ongoing charitable endeavors.

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