Barrington Memorial Day Parade draws large crowd


Beautiful sunny skies greeted a big crowd at the Barrington Memorial Day Parade on Monday morning.

Parade attendees began arriving along the parade route about 9 a.m., and the crowd had swelled to three-four- and even five-people deep along portions of Maple Avenue and County Road. There were even more people gathered on the law in front of the town hall.

By about 10:20, parade marchers — the procession included players and coaches with Barrington Little League, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, town officials, the police and fire departments, bands from the high school and middle school, and others — reached the corner of Maple Avenue and County Road. The loud crack of the muskets of the Pawtuxet Rangers could be heard as the parade drew closer to the town center.

Along the route, children scrambled to gather up handfuls of candy and pencils tossed by parade marchers. And by about 11 a.m., the procession had finished the route and a crowd had assembled at the Honor Roll to recognize the men and women for whom Memorial Day remembered. Boy Scouts also raised a flag and the veterans memorial at the southwestern corner of the Town Hall.





















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