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Darien Rolls Out Its Memorial Day Parade

The Blue Wave will include red and white Monday as Darien hosts its annual Memorial Day parade with World War II veteran Bill Flanagan leading the way as Grand Marshal. More than 30 groups will participate. The march starts at 10 a.m. at Goodwives Shopping Center and ends at Spring Grove Cemetery .

Darien police said driving be forbidden on the Post Road between I-95 entrance 13 and Old Kings Highway South during the parade. The Brookside Road and Old Kings Highway North approaches to Goodwives will be closed to traffic starting at 8 a.m. People dropping off parade participants should use Sedgwick Avenue or Mechanic Street.

The parade will feature many antique vehicles, including an authentic World War II Jeep. Parade officials ask that participants not throw candy, toys or other items from their vehicles during the procession. Violators will be removed from the parade. They also ask that parade groups with children have a responsible adult in place early to supervise children who are dropped off by their parents. One of the biggest traffic problems in the past has been caused by parents who linger waiting for an adult to show up.

At the cemetery there will be a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Darien Boy Scouts have placed more than 2,500 flags in the field at the cemetery. The Tudor Singers from Darien High School will lead those gathered in the National Anthem.

If you’re planning on attending the parade, send pictures to reporter Casey Donahue at and we will post them on the site. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter !

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