The 54th annual Newtown Labor Day Parade theme today is Celebrating the Fine Arts of Newtown. It will showcase the artists and creative organizations in town.
This year's Grand Marshal will be Ruth Newquist. She is an award winning artists known for her land and cityscapes in watercolor and oils. In addition to honoring Newquist, the SCAN organization is being highlighted. It stands for Society of Creative Arts Newtown. It was started over 40 years ago to promote, encourage and instruct both local and regional artists.
Parade participants are lining up by 9:30am, with local roads along the route closed at that time. The parade steps off at 10am. Spectators are asked to line the route by 9am. Parking is available at Hawley School, at Caraluzzis and Big Y on Queen Street.
Road closures are as follows:
-Route 25/Mt Pleasant Road at Reservoir Road
-Main Street access from Academy Lane, Currituck Road, Hanover, School House Hill and West Street
-Church Hill Road at The Boulevard
-Rouet 302 at Elm Drive
-Route 25 at Wasserman Way and at Elizabeth Street (Detour for Route 25 north will be Wasserman Way)
-Queen Street at Elizabeth Street
The following roads will have "No Parking" signs put up for the morning and will be considered tow away zones:
-The Boulevard (from Churhc Hull Road to Schoou House Hill Road)
School House Hill Road (from the Boulevard to Main Street)
Hanover Road (from Main Street to Hall Lane)
-Meadow Road and Elizabeth Street (one side only)
Governor Malloy, Lt Governor Wyman, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Senators Blumenthal nd Murphy along with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will be marching. The state delegation including State Senator Tony Hwang and Representatives Mitch Bolinsky and Dan Carter will also attend.
For the past two years the committee has had a fair staged in front of Newtown Middle School for food vendors and artisans. They encourage spectators to visit before or after the parade. Area nonprofit organizations are also on hand to provide information on the services they provide, and to recruit volunteers.