UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Southport hosts annual parade, blessing of fleet Saturday

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Southport hosts annual parade, blessing of fleet Saturday

The village of Southport will launch its warm-weather season on land and sea Saturday, June 16, with an annual parade and blessing of the fleet.
The celebration will feature marching bands, antique cars, horses, colorful boats in the harbor, pageantry and free food. An evening concert held at Trinity Episcopal Church after past celebrations has been suspended for this year as the church is temporarily without a music director, according to a church official.
The event will begin with a free pancake breakfast served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Eagle Hill School on Main Street.
The parade will commence at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Church parking lot and on Pequot Avenue and proceed down Main Street to Harbor Road to the Ye Yacht Yard at Lower Wharf.
Marching units will include the Governor's Horse Guard and five fife and drum corps in traditional regalia, as well as the Fairfield Gaelic American Club Pipe Band.
Grand Marshal Steve Galpin, past commodore of the Pequot Yacht Club who brought the blessing to Southport harbor almost 20 years ago, will lead the parade riding in a powder-blue Corvette.
Marchers are expected to include state and local officials and many children. Units will include: Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps, Bluff Point Quahog Digger Band of New England, Mattituck Drum Band, New York Ancients Fife and Drum and Moodus Drum and Fife Corps.
Parade spectators are expected to follow the parade down to the wharf, where federal, state and local officials will give a few words, followed by the blessing shortly after noon.
Prior to the blessing, about 50 boats with decorative signal flags on their mastheads are expected to pass beneath a huge arc of water shooting across the harbor and above the vessels from a Southport Fire Department engine.
Seven local clergy at the wharf's fishing dock will offer prayers for the boats and their safety as they sail south out of the harbor. Clergy will include: the Revs. Nicholas Porter and Dawn Stegelmann of Trinity Episcopal Church; Paul and Laura Whitmore and Sharon Blackburn of Southport Congregational Church; John Twiname of Greens Farms Congregational Church; and Deacon Daniel Ianiello of Sacred Heart University. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Southport-hosts-annual-parade-blessing-of-fleet-3627152.php

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