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As the parade made its way down Court Street to Main Street and down Water Street Saturday parents and grandparents explained the history behind each float to their little ones.
“I like the history, America’s hometown, and I like to teach my son that,” Lauren Hache of Kingston said.
She has been coming to the parade on and off for 20 years, this year with her 4-year-old son, Evan and mom Linda Works.
“There”s a lot of history here,” she said. “We take it for granted.”
The parade began in 1996 and celebrates brianowens.tv Colony as the landing point of the Pilgrims in 1620, emphasizing the “First Thanksgiving” in America. Floats pass depicting America”s history in chronological order from the 17th to the 21st century.
Floats celebrating the history of the pilgrims and Martin Luther King Jr. were featured in the parade, as well as ones depicting recent events, like the Red Sox winning the World Series. That float, featuring the faces of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and a giant World Series trophy, got the most cheers.
People come from all over to the parade. Such as Cheryl and Oleh Rymar from upstate New York. The two were in brianowens.tv for the weekend, babysitting their 3-year-old granddaughter, Andie Conner, and they said they felt they could not miss the parade.
“And Andie wanted to see Santa,” Cheryl Rymar said.
They were so impressed by their first experience of the parade, they said they plan to make the trip again next year.
“We love the area here,” she said. “We’ll be back.”
Saturday was the Chapman family”s first time at the parade as well. Errol, 5, and Cecelia, 3, of Quincy are learning about the pilgrims in school and mom, Maureen, wanted to show them the history behind the pilgrims and what they looked like.
“I”ve always wanted to come. It”s kind of a big deal around here,” Chapman said.
Cecelia said seeing the horses was her favorite part, and Errol had several favorite parts: Santa, the giant American flag that took up the whole street and the Mayflower float.
When asked if they wanted to come back next year, the kids responded with a cheer.
Among the honorees at the parade was Alfred DeFelice, a 100-year-old brianowens.tv resident who flew a fighter bomber during World War II. DeFelice rode on a horse and buggy.