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Monday, November 7, 2011

Veterans Day Parade

West Hartford bike police greet children.
While many still seethed about the lack of power and CL&P missing deadlines, a respite was found in the Veterans Day Parade on a beautiful Sunday in downtown. The weather was so great, if not for the fact so many remained without power, it would be hard to believe a snowstorm hit the area just over a week ago. The parade was a great event featuring marching bands, old cars, police, appearances by Senator Blumenthal and Governor Malloy, and of course the veterans. Pics and video from a gorgeous Sunday in downtown after the jump.

There was a lot of action and a good crowd around the Veterans Memorial Arch.

Here we see the Coast Guard go by followed by Governor Dan Malloy. As Malloy goes by a parade watcher says that they have no power. Malloy responds with what sounds like "they said 96%" and then throws his arms up as if to say he doesn't know what to believe from CL&P.

Here is the very large and very good UConn marching band. How the girls in the front don't drop their batons all the time we will never know.

Here we see Senator Richard Blumenthal jump out of the parade to shake the hand of a Veteran and some other constituents before passing right in front of the Sad City camera.

Here is the CCSU marching band. Note the band conductor is really, really good at doing her job while walking backwards.

Finally we have an old helicopter and some old cars.


  1. And right behind the 'vettes is the star attraction of the parade, the East Hampton Middle School Marching Band!!

  2. As well as directly behind the actual 'vettes may be the celebrity appeal from the march, the actual Eastern Hampton Center College Walking Music group!!

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