Berlin Memorial Day parade moving to Saturday before holiday

Published on Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:14
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Veterans’ Commission’s Memorial Day parade isn’t scheduled for Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 26, has been reserved for the parade, with Memorial Day, May 28, as a rain date.

And that rain date might be something to keep in mind.

“As you know, we’ve been rained out three of the last four (years),” said commission Chairman Charles Colaresi at a recent Town Council meeting.

In previous years, the parade has been held on the Monday on which the holiday is observed, with no rain date. Last year, when it rained, the parade was canceled and the observance was limited to a guest speaker and high school choir performances in the VFW Hall.

“Many organizations look forward to this,” Colaresi said. “It’s very disappointing not being able to do that.”

The parade will be organized as in years past, with staging and set-up at St. Paul Church and a 9 a.m. start, Colaresi said.

He said Berlin police have approved the date change for the parade, which runs down Farmington Avenue and concludes at Veterans Memorial Park, near Stop * Shop and Massirio Drive.

The second chance to hold a parade means a second chance for the bakeries, sandwich shops and other merchants along Farmington Avenue to do business, Colaresi said. The parade should be done by 10:15 a.m., he added.

“They just jam the streets,” Colaresi said. “It’s unbelievable, right from the corner of New Britain Road all the way down to the park.”

The new date coincides with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department car show at Sage Park, but Colaresi said he got the OK from former Fire Chief Jim Simmons, who’s involved with the show.

Having the parade in the morning, while the car show continues throughout the day, may get more people to attend the show, Colarasi said he told Simmons.

Proceeds from the car show go to the Veterans Commission to help needy veterans.

Last year the fire department donated $6,300 to the commission from the car show and other fundraisers.

Colarssi said he is close to having Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas J. Saadi as the guest speaker for this year.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:14. Updated: Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:16.