Town of Arlington
Department of Health and Human Services
Christine Bongiorno, Director
27 Maple St.
Arlington, MA 02476
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 22, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Town of Arlington Announces 2019 Patriots’ Day Parade Festivities
ARLINGTON — The Town of Arlington is pleased to announce the schedule for its annual Patriots’ Day Parade and Festivities.
Sunday, April 14:
8:45 a.m. — Arlington Boys and Girls Club 55th Annual Fun Run
10:30 a.m. — Jason Russell House Tours
11 a.m. — Reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Tribute to Paul Revere
12 p.m. Menotomy Battle Reenactment
12:30 p.m. — Jason Russell House Tours
2 p.m. — Reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Tribute to Paul Revere
2 p.m. — Patriots’ Day Parade (Kicks off from Brattle Square and proceeds East to Linwood St.)
Monday, April 15:
11 a.m. — Meet and Greet Lancers Reenactors Paul Revere and William Dawes
1 p.m. — Jason Russell House Tours
2 p.m. — Regent Theatre Presents a FREE showing of the movie: “1776”
The Arlington Boys and Girls Club Fun Run will start on Massachusetts Avenue at the Lexington town line, and will end at the Arlington Boy’s and Girl’s Club on Pond Lane.
Readings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s tribute to Paul Revere will be held at the Cyrus Dallin Museum at Whittemore Park.
The Menotomy Battle Reenactment will take place at the Jason Russell House (7 Jason St., at the corner of Jason Street and Massachusetts Avenue).
The parade route runs from along Massachusetts Avenue from Brattle Square to East Arlington (Linwood Street).
A meet and greet with Lancers Reenactors Paul Revere and William Dawes will be held at Arlington Town Hall.
The Patriots’ Day Parade is the town’s longest-standing celebration, and recognizes Arlington’s rich patriotic history and military heritage. The festivities also commemorate the beginning battles of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.
Elias G. Katsos, a World War II Army veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient, has been chosen by the Patriots’ Day Parade Committee and Veterans Council to be the 2019 Grand Marshal for the parade. His other military decorations include a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. A lifelong Arlington resident, Katsos and his wife, Constantina, raised their four children in town. Katsos will be joined at the parade by his 9-year-old granddaughter, Alexandra “Lexi” Dorow, who has written a book chronicling her grandfather’s military service.
Longtime Arlington resident Bob Bowes, of Bowes Real Estate, has been named the 2019 Honorary Grand Marshal by the Patriots’ Day Parade Committee. The honor recognizes Bowes for 50 years of service to the Town, including his work with the Arlington Boys and Girls Club, Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee, the Children’s Room, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Health and Human Services Department, and the Patriots’ Day Parade Committee. He has also been named the “2019 Citizen of the Year” by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Many community groups will be marching in the parade, in addition to local and regional parade bands and entertainers.
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
- Diamond Level Sponsor: Munsey Screw Machine Products, Inc., in loving memory of Founder Joseph F. Munsey
- Platinum Level Sponsors: Belmont Orthodontics; John’s Landscape Service, Inc; Leader Bank
- Gold Level Sponsors: Armstrong Ambulance Service; BOWES Real Estate; Knights of Columbus, Council 109; Davidson Management Company; Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Homes
- Silver Level Sponsors: American Legion Post 39; Cambridge Savings Bank; Kalivas Insurance Agency Inc.; DeVito Funeral Homes; Mystic Wine Shoppe
- Supporters: American Alarm; Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development; First Baptist Church of Arlington; JVT Realtors; Keefe Funeral Home; Regent Theatre
Residents are encouraged to watch for parking restrictions, road closures and MBTA bus route changes on Sunday, April 14. For transportation updates, visit www.arlingtonma.gov/.
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