NEW BRITIAN – CMHA is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with a motorcade parade around New Britain Friday, May 29 at noon.
The motorcade parade will be saluting CMHA’s staff, clients and community.
“CMHA wanted to do something fun that would make the New Britain community smile, while also paying tribute to our staff – the heroes who have been working tirelessly to keep our clients safe and healthy during these unprecedented times,” CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman said.
Led by a trolley with Chief Program Officer Victor Incerti, who is retiring next month, who will serve as Grand Marshal, and featuring 10 cars driven by CMHA staff, the parade will pass by each of CMHA’s residential buildings, its Team Time Social Club, and the agency’s headquarters at 233 Main Street. Staff and clients at each CMHA program along the route will be outside as the motorcade passes by to salute CMHA’s heroes – the frontline workers who have been providing essential mental health care for clients 24/7 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The parade will begin at the corner of Linden and Wildwood Streets (NBPD East Sub-Station), and pass by CMHA’s Pleasant House residential program on Fairview Street, Harvest House on Arch Street, the Highlands building on Highland Street, Team Time Social Club on Russell Street, CMHA Headquarters on Main Street, and the IACTT program on Beaver Street. The CMHA Parade will also drive through Walnut Hill Park and Central Park.
The agency is encouraging staff, friends and families to park or stand, socially distanced, in these areas to wave, cheer and join in the fun supporting CMHA, an integral behavioral health care provider and employer of the New Britain community for nearly 45 years.
“We look forward to seeing everyone and spreading a little joy throughout the city,” Gorman said.
The motorcade will have an escort from the New Britain Police Department.