October 16, 2019

Lyme Tradition Marches On

Janis Witkins, Grand Marshal of Lyme's 2015 Independence Day Parade, is driven by George Willauer in his splendid antique automobile.

Janis Witkins, Grand Marshal of Lyme’s 2015 Independence Day Parade, is driven by George Willauer in his splendid antique automobile.

Although gray skies may have been responsible for a seemingly smaller crowd of red-white-and-blue spectators, those on hand were enthusiastic, and the 2015 Lyme Independence Day Parade did not disappoint. At 10:04 the opening salvo came from the top of the hill, and three military re-enactors of period riflemen led the march.

Grand Marshal Janice Witkins was driven by George Willauer, who praised Witkins for her “extensive amount of volunteer work for the library-town hall complex.”

Lyme Parks and Recreation members marched.

Conestoga Wagon

Next came a Conestoga wagon, of sorts, new to the parade and pictured above, emblazoned with “Oregon or Bust.”

Wonderful Camp Claire Campers of all ages, in face paint and colorful attire, waved to spectators. There were Cub Scouts of Pack 32, military vehicles, and a trio of musicians on a float. The Lyme Garden Club and Fire Department preceded a float almost full of teddy bears, but which also held a wizard and dragon.

Bruce Noyes drove a military Halftrack carrying his veteran father, Jim Noyes.

Marchers of the Lyme Ambulance included a member pushing an antique wheelchair carrying an extensively bandaged big teddy bear; perhaps he tumbled from his float and was hurt?

There were antique cars and young riders on decorated scooters. Dogs of all sizes, always dogs!

Then it was over. Time: 10:15.

Marchers and spectators enjoyed popsicles courtesy of the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club — a day so far rain free — and each other’s company at this much-loved parade!

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