Miss the big parade? Not to worry-we've got you covered! Labor Day Parade hosts Trish Pope and Steve LeDuc took us with them every step of the way, where the hot weather was no match for excited paradegoers ready to celebrate what is inarguably the City of Marlborough's favorite holiday.
The parade kicked off with the sounds of sirens from the local Marlborough Police, Fire and Rescue Departments, followed by this year's Grand Marshal: Olympian athlete and local resident, Marlborough's own Bobby Butler. Butler was accompanied by his wife and children in a vintage red pickup truck, smiling and waving to paradegoers as they passed by.
Dan Guindon of WMCT TV spoke with Butler, who spoke about his excitement of his title in this year's parade. Butler, who grew up going to these parades, said he used to walk with youth football...but honestly never thought he himself would be the Grand Marshal. "I heard I was gonna get nominated, and I felt honored just for someone to think of me," said Butler, who spoke about how he hopes his children enjoy the parade the same way he did as a child.
Mayor Arthur Vigeant also described his childhood memories of the parade, where his family held picnics and participated in the parade with vehicles from the family's truck company. Mayor Vigeant talked about how much enjoyment they received out of always decorating their own floats, and described the memories as "unbelievable"; a tradition he works hard to continue so that future generations can share the same great memories. "This is one of the largest parades in the state, so we're really proud of it and put a lot of effort into it," Vigeant says. "It's a premiere parade for the state.
Former Labor Day Parade Director Ed Thurber, who still volunteers each year, spoke about all of the hard work that goes into making this special day. "We start in February, trying to make it different...but also keeping it the same too..there are a lot of favorite march units that are in the parade." Current Labor Day Parade Director Leanne Cordischi, when asked about her favorite part of the parade, said something that truly spoke to everyone in attendance. "Well, I love the Clydestales, but more than anything, I love the fact that it's community. This year we have so many floats that were built, and a lot of people that built floats for many years helped those that were just starting to build them. It's just a great way to see the whole city come together, I just love it."
So, who won what? The Judges Results are as follows:
GM Best Overall: Immaculate Conception School
Judge's Choice: Team VIKKI Fight For Cure
Marlborough Trophy/Most Artistic: Apex Entertainment
Watch the full video of WMCT News coverage of the 2018 Labor Day Parade below: