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Community Food Pantry Will Be Collecting Food Donations at Today's Parade

Memorial Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m.

The lineup is set for the 2012 Memorial Day Parade and it promises to be an outstanding event.

The lineup for the parade features eight bands, dozens of community organizations, clowns and minutemen.

for the second straight year.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. from the center of town. However, if history is any indicator, folding chairs will be start being placed along the parade route hours earlier to try and reserve prime viewing space.

The parade will continue along route 38, ending in the parking lot of the Brooks Plaza near Mac's Dairy Farm.

Musical entertainment for the 2012 parade includes the Tewksbury High Band, the Andover High Band, the Bunker Hill Pipe Band, the Mass Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, Clan MacPherson Pipes & Drums, the Northeast Italian Band, the Stuart Highland Pipe Band and the Lowell High Band.

For the kids, the parade will feature the St. Joe's Clowns and the Aleppo Clowns.

The out-of-town entertainment booked for the parade is sponsored by donations from local businesses and fundraising done by the Friends of the Patriotic Activities Committee.

Complete listings of the three divisions marching in the parade this year are attached to this article in PDF files.

The parade will also have a serious tone to it. Todd Johnson, president of the Board of Directors of the, said that organization is in a crisis stage. According to Johnson, the recent Postal Carriers food collection drive collected less than 50 percent of its normal total in Tewksbury. For that reason, food donations are desperately needed.

"The cupboards are bare," said Johnson. "We really need the public's help."

Johnson is asking the public to bring non-perishable food (canned goods, boxed goods etc.) to the parade on Monday. Representatives from the Food Pantry will be marching along the parade route, collecting donations from residents.

The Food Pantry serves the needs of more than 200 Tewksbury families.

The following information was provided by Tewksbury Police Safety Officer Jennie Welch, regarding road closings and detours for the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

"The Memorial Parade will be held on May 28th, 2012 at 2PM starting at the Ryan School and ending at Brooks Plaza (next to Mac's Dairy Farm).
All side streets that enter onto Main Street will be closed from approximately 12:45- 5PM. The detour for Main Street (northbound) heading towards Lowell from Wilmington line will be: Livingston Street to East Street to Main Street. The detour form Main Street (southbound) heading towards Wilmington from Lowell will be Marshall Street to Whipple Road to Shawsheen Street to Main Street.  Pleasant Street will be closed in both directions from 12PM for the parade marchers to line up."

Walter White May 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Well said Bill
Kathleen Brothers May 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It was a wonderful parade! Thanks to TPAC members for a fine day! You are right, Mellisa what would the town do with all the tireless work of all these volunteers?
Kathleen Brothers May 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Opps...should say without all the tireless work.....
Melissa Gleaton May 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I just wanted to thank everyone for a great parade yesterday. As a participant I thought the parade was very well organized. I can only imagine the legwork that has to be done to pull it off. Hats off to Jerry and the entire Committee. As a participant, I had a great experience, and from the looks of it, the throngs of parade watchers did as well. Walking along that route, and seeing many veterans who lost buddies in various wars smile, wave, appreciating the "never forget". THAT made my day.
Robert Bennett May 29, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I read this article and was glad to see a nice parade was held and people were collecting food for the pantry. I served in the military and it is nice for people to show their appreciation for those who served. The comments that follow go all kinds of crazy. I can't believe an organization would pull out of a parade because of their place in line. Seriously? The argument that the Ryan School is too far seems unfounded. It can't be more than 1000 feet to the Town Hall from there. Trust me, the kids could care less and would have a blast no matter what. I think Jerry Selissen and all the volunteers should be commended for what they do for this town. Stories like this make me sit back and shake my head.

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