Ridgefield residents revive car parade for Memorial Day

Having discovered that the town’s annual Main Street Memorial Day parade was canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns, local residents banded together to once again organize a car parade in observance of the holiday.

“We were all disappointed to find out that this year's Memorial Day parade was canceled, but as soon as we heard the news we knew we had to bring back the Memorial Day car parade,” organizer Brian Armstrong said.

Building on last year’s success in which more than 65 cars participated, Armstrong expected this year’s parade to be bigger and better. “This year we had enough time to start promoting the event earlier,” he explained.

Despite the chilly, wet weather, Armstrong said more than 50 cars drove through town Monday morning as part of the procession, with many decked out with American flags and other patriotic regalia. Included in those was about a dozen classic cars, like an authentic military Humvee, a ‘74 TVR and a ‘69 Camaro.

Participating cars began to line up in the Ridgefield High School parking lot on Monday morning. The parade officially kicked off at 10 a.m. and proceeded south through town, eventually turning up Main Street and concluding at Ballard Park.

All participants were asked to observe normal traffic rules, including stop signs and traffic lights, unless otherwise instructed by police. Dozens of spectators observed the procession from a series of prime viewing areas as the parade passed by.

“It was great to see all the people in town who showed up along the parade route to cheer us on,” Armstrong said, “but I don’t think anyone expected to see over 200 people lining Main Street for the final leg of the parade, which was really exciting.”

The parade paused at St. Mary’s Cemetery for a moment of silence to honor fallen veterans.

“Many people were grateful that the town was able to do something to honor our veterans, which is what the day is really about,” Armstrong added. “We want to thank the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee who sponsored the parade and provided coffee and donuts for everyone and handed out flags, the Ridgefield Police Department who helped stopped traffic at major crossings and of course all of our friends and neighbors who came out to watch.”