Ridgefield’s annual Memorial Day parade is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. from the Jesse Lee Memorial Church, marching down Main Street and ending with a closing ceremony in Ballard Park.
This year’s parade features seven bands and numerous floats and vehicles, as well as an estimated 2,000 marching participants.
Marchers should line up at 10 a.m. on the grounds of Jesse Lee, located at the corner of Main Street and King Lane. All vehicles and floats will line up at 9:30 a.m., entering King Lane from High Ridge Avenue. The parade is scheduled to get under way at 11:30 a.m.
It is a tremendous undertaking getting everyone in line for the parade, so cooperation in arriving during this time period is imperative.
King Lane will be a one-way street from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the parade.
Residents may drop off their children in the staging area by entering King Lane from High Ridge only.
The drop-off area is just for dropping off participants — there is absolutely no parking allowed except for authorized vehicles. American Legionnaires will be in all areas to ensure that children get to their designated area.
Floats and vehicles in the parade must enter King Lane from High Ridge, too. Those vehicles will be directed to their assigned positions, according to American Legion Post 78 Commander George Besse.
The parade will begin with opening remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument in front of Jesse Lee, with a military honors gun salute and the playing of taps.
“Proper protocol is for all to remain silent when taps is played, hold your hand over your heart; if you are in uniform, you have the option to render a hand salute,” Besse said.
The parade ends at Ballard Park with a closing ceremony that includes short speeches by honored guests and patriotic music throughout the program.
Besse said all residents are invited to the ceremony.
“We thank you for your support in making this parade one that truly honors those who gave their lives for our freedom,” he said.