Crowds Line The Streets For Fairfield's Memorial Day Parade

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Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The Maurd family of Easton wanted a better view of this year's parade so Fairfield native Shawn Maurd built a grandstand to go on top of his truck.
The Maurd family of Easton wanted a better view of this year's parade so Fairfield native Shawn Maurd built a grandstand to go on top of his truck. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Young paradegoers watch the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band play.
Young paradegoers watch the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band play. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield twins Ava and Ivy Feay, who are both 6, said they are so excited for the parade.
Fairfield twins Ava and Ivy Feay, who are both 6, said they are so excited for the parade. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Coming to the annual Fairfield Memorial  Day Parade is one of the highlights of the year for 5-year-old residents Zoe Moonre and Caroline Smyth.
Coming to the annual Fairfield Memorial Day Parade is one of the highlights of the year for 5-year-old residents Zoe Moonre and Caroline Smyth. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Local lawmakers are joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade.
Local lawmakers are joined by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Xix floats in this year's Fairfield Memorial Day Parade honored the veterans and Fairfield's 375th Anniversary.
Xix floats in this year's Fairfield Memorial Day Parade honored the veterans and Fairfield's 375th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The cannon is something that no matter how many times it ha been heard, Fairfield Memorial Day paradegoers say they never get used to it.
The cannon is something that no matter how many times it ha been heard, Fairfield Memorial Day paradegoers say they never get used to it. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
There were six floats in this year's Fairfield Memorial Day Parade, each honoring the veterans and Fairfield's 375th Anniversary.
There were six floats in this year's Fairfield Memorial Day Parade, each honoring the veterans and Fairfield's 375th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The Shriners are one of the most anticipated part of the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade.
The Shriners are one of the most anticipated part of the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Sherman School has been putting together the map of the United States for years.
Sherman School has been putting together the map of the United States for years. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.
Fairfield's annual Memorial Day Parade brings people from all over the county to celebrate and remember the veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Local dignitaries on the main stage at the end of the parade greet the marchers at the end of a long walk.
Local dignitaries on the main stage at the end of the parade greet the marchers at the end of a long walk. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
The Easton Banjo Society is greeted with great excitement by everyone watching the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade.
The Easton Banjo Society is greeted with great excitement by everyone watching the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Thousands of people from all over Fairfield County lined the mile-long parade route for the annual Fairfield Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.

Residents also turned out in other towns across Fairfield County for parades and events to honor fallen soldiers.

The parade in Fairfield grows ever year, town police officers said. More groups take part in the parade, and ever-larger crowds turn out to enjoy it from the sidelines, officers said.

“It’s the perfect day for it,” said Fairfield resident Karen Smyth. She goes with her family to the parade every year. ”It’s our favorite Fairfield tradition.”

The parade is a tradition for many in Fairfield. After growing up in town, Easton resident Shawn Maurd said he just keeps coming, even after moving away.

“I’ve been coming to the parade my whole life,” Maurd said, adding that he doesn’t think that he has missed a parade in 15 years. This year, he came with a plan to have a great view of the parade: He built a grandstand to go on top of his truck.

“Two days ago my daughter asked me if we were going to build it,” Maurd said. Last year, the family sat on top of the family truck, which didn’t offer quite enough viewing power.

The grandstand wasn’t completely finished when the family came down from Easton, he said. But they fitted it to the top just as the parade began and used a footstool to climb up.

As members of the Fairfield Fire Department marched past in the parade, the firefighters cheered for the family's grandstand, clapping and laughing as they went past.

Many go to the parade to cheer on family members who are taking part. Cheering on her brother in Little League was one of 6-year-old Ivy Feay’s favorite parts. But she and twin sister Ava agreed that the canons were not their favorite.

Bands from all three Fairfield middle schools and both high schools played to the cheers of all. Veterans marching or riding in cars were greeted with loud applause and cries of thanks. 

No group gained more cheers however, than the Shriners and their small cars. Many were heard shouting "It's the little cars!" as the small red cars performed their traditional, intricate moves. 

The parade took the route it has used for years, starting at South Pine Creek and the Post Road, heading to Old Post Road and finishing in front of Town Hall.

But as slowly as the parade started, the streets cleared quickly as on-lookers packed up their picnics, chairs and cleared the streets for regular traffic when it came to an end.

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I find it disgraceful that Norwalk Police Department was allowed to march in the parade. It was just last week that we witnessed the latest victim of abuse at the hands of the Norwalk Police Department. They beat a young man taking video of them beating 2 other young men. They have no right to be marching in the parade with brave hero veterans. It is an insult to the veterans to have the Norwalk Police in the same parade.

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