Marlborough’s hockey Olympian leads 67th Labor Day Parade

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Honored as grand marshal, Bobby Butler (far right) rides in an antique pickup truck with (l to r) his wife Lisa and their sons Vinnie, 3, and Beckham, 1. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Honored as grand marshal, Bobby Butler (far right) rides in an antique pickup truck with (l to r) his wife Lisa and their sons Vinnie, 3, and Beckham, 1.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – The unofficial end-of-summer weekend concluded on a hot and humid Sept. 3 with the 67th annual Marlborough Labor Day Parade featuring an accomplished winter sport athlete. Honored as grand marshal was renowned hockey player Bobby Butler of Marlborough.

A Marlborough High School (MHS) 2005 alum, Butler led the MHS hockey team to the 2004 state championship. Since then he has played professionally with several teams including four in the National Hockey League. While playing with American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, he was chosen to compete with the United States men’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Continuing a longtime tradition, the MHS Marching Panther Band was the first of several units to bring music to the 1.7-mile parade route. They’re now led by this school year’s new band director James Verdone.

The Waltham American Legion Band dedicated its performance to George Whapham, who passed away this past June. In addition to playing with the band, Whapham served as parade director spanning three decades.

Making a return appearance to the parade after a year hiatus were multiple units of the Aleppo Shriners Clowns. The parade route also served as the campaign trail for many political candidates.

Although last year’s hot weather prevented local military veterans from participating in the parade, this time they comfortably endured above-average temperatures by riding in an Old Town Trolley private charter service sponsored by state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough.

Holiday festivities began prior to the parade with the Marlborough Lions Club’s 37th annual Labor Day Bed Race on Main Street. This year’s winning team sponsored by Marlborough Wellness Center consisted of Hudson High School hockey players Jameson Felteau, Bryce Miranda, Cam O’Brien and Nicholas Werner. Proceeds help the Lions Club’s ongoing charitable causes including eyeglasses for those in need of assistance.

Marlborough High School Marching Panther Band brings music to the parade route. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Marlborough High School Marching Panther Band brings music to the parade route.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Civil Air Patrol color guard leads the Minute Man Squadron. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Civil Air Patrol color guard leads the Minute Man Squadron.
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Hudson Hawks Youth Football sixth-graders (l to r) Jake Attaway, Cam Lambert, Owen Nanartowich and Nolan Yates push a bed sponsored by the Vigeant family. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Hudson Hawks Youth Football sixth-graders (l to r) Jake Attaway, Cam Lambert, Owen Nanartowich and Nolan Yates push a bed sponsored by the Vigeant family.
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(l to r) Kaylle, 8, Jennifer Silva, 12, and Gabriela Pereira, 12, are happy to greet Smitty of the Aleppo Shriners Clowns on the parade sidelines. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
(l to r) Kaylle, 8, Jennifer Silva, 12, and Gabriela Pereira, 12, are happy to greet Smitty of the Aleppo Shriners Clowns on the parade sidelines.
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The team sponsored by St. Mary’s Credit Unit – consisting of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School hockey players – places second in the Bed Race. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The team sponsored by St. Mary’s Credit Unit – consisting of Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School hockey players (l to r) Ryan Gilmartin, Dylan Sawyer, Gared Garcia, Brandon Resendes – places second in the Bed Race. photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Winning the Bed Race is the team sponsored by Marlborough Wellness Center, consisting of Hudson High School hockey players (l to r) Cam O’Brien, Nicholas Werner, Jameson Felteau and Bryce Miranda.
Winning the Bed Race is the team sponsored by Marlborough Wellness Center, consisting of Hudson High School hockey players (l to r) Cam O’Brien, Nicholas Werner, Jameson Felteau and Bryce Miranda.
Participants of Thrive, Support & Advocacy ride on its float. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Participants of Thrive, Support & Advocacy ride on its float.
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Four-time cancer survivor Vikki Crowley holds the Judges Trophy won by Team Vikki’s float. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Four-time cancer survivor Vikki Crowley holds the Judges Trophy won by Team Vikki’s float.
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An eight-horse Clydesdale hitch travels along Main Street. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
An eight-horse Clydesdale hitch travels along Main Street.
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The Concord Minute Men Company passes the public library. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Concord Minute Men Company passes the public library.
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The Colonial Piper Bagpipe Band of Boston performs Irish and Scottish tunes. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The Colonial Piper Bagpipe Band of Boston performs Irish and Scottish tunes.
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The float sponsored by Apex Entertainment Center wins the trophy for most artistic. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
The float sponsored by Apex Entertainment Center wins the trophy for most artistic.
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Immaculate Conception School wins Grand Marshal’s Trophy for best overall float. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
Immaculate Conception School wins Grand Marshal’s Trophy for best overall float.
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For the 33rd year, Marlborough resident Steve Symes marches as President Abraham Lincoln. Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.
For the 33rd year, Marlborough resident Steve Symes marches as President Abraham Lincoln.
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