The 71st Westerly-Pawcatuck Columbus Day Parade

Story by Nicole Haberek, Staff Writer

The 71st annual Columbus Day Parade took place on Sunday, October 7th in Downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck. A committee of citizens in the towns of Westerly and Pawcatuck put together this parade every year. It is a tradition that is very important to the towns.

There are ten divisions that march in the parade every year, starting at Westerly High School, going down Granite Street Hill, up Stillman Avenue and ending at the Westerly Town Hall. The participants include government officials, students of Westerly and Stonington High School, organizations and businesses in the community, and fire and police departments. Representing Stonington High School were the cheerleaders. State and local officials included First Selectman Rob Simmons, Selectwoman Kate Rotella, Selectman John Prue, and Senator Chris Murphy.