71-year-old parade continues as about 7,000 spectators turn out

by Patricia M. Murret
The City of Gaithersburg continued a 71-year-old tradition Monday with its annual Labor Day Parade winding through Olde Towne.

About 7,000 spectators turned out for the fun, said city spokeswoman Britta Monaco. The parade, started in 1938 by the volunteer-run Gaithersburg Fire Department, has run annually except 1942, during World War II.

The parade cost approximately $30,000, said Monaco, and included an assortment of fire engines, six high school marching bands, giant balloons, horses, clowns, lion dancers and more.

This year, a 30-foot-long, 8-foot-wide and 12-foot-high balloon of Thomas the Tank Engine-No. 1 celebrated Gaithersburg’s railroad history.

More than 1,200 people participated in the parade, which had 100 floats this year, Monaco said.

Gaithersburg’s mayor and council rode in an old-fashioned trolley.

“It was a good event,” said Councilman Henry F. Marraffa Jr. “We really enjoy that parade.”

Source: Gazette.net

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