By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Photos/Dakota Antelman, Levi Howard and Bonnie Adams
Westborough – Hundreds of residents lined the streets of Westborough on a bright and warm Sunday, Sept. 10, to cheer for those marching in what was truly a “grande” parade as the town celebrated its 300th anniversary.
Over 140 units representing veterans, local organizations, businesses, community groups, civic organizations, antique vehicles, municipal vehicles, and 58 floats participated in the parade. Many local municipal, police and fire officials, current and former, participated in the parade to the delight of the crowd. Military and veterans’ groups garnered sustained applause as well, along with shouts of “thank you!”
Other regional favorites such as the New England End Zone Militia, Buffalo Soldiers, the Woodland String Band – Mummers, and Hallamore Clydesdale Hitch also were represented. The Allepo Shriners also entertained the crowd with their distinctive small motorized vehicles. Dozens of other antique cars, floats and trucks ferried dignitaries, as well as representatives of just about every Westborough organization and nonprofit group. Local businesses also participated in the parade as well.
Wrapping up the two-hour plus celebration was the spectacular University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. The band, who has been chosen to appear in the 2018 Rose Bowl parade, used the Westborough event as a warm-up sorts for their national appearance.