UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Southport traditions: Parade and Blessing of Fleet set Saturday

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Southport traditions: Parade and Blessing of Fleet set Saturday

A rite of springtime in Southport Village on Saturday will feature two parades -- one by land and one by sea.
The annual Southport Street Parade will step off at 11 a.m. from the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot on Pequot Avenue and end at Southport's Lower Wharf, where the Blessing of the Fleet will take place starting at about noon.
The march will feature five fife-and-drum corps and one pipe band, the Governor's Horse Guard, various federal, state and local officials, and a delegation from Pequot Library.
Grand marshal of the parade will be William P. Russell Jr., president of Pequot Library's Board of Trustees.
"It is an honor to have Bill Russell as our grand marshal," Timothy Russell of the Russell Agency in Southport said in a news release issued by parade organizers. "The grand marshal is chosen by committee to recognize a person whose conduct and actions show a deep commitment to the Village of Southport. Bill's work, along with countless others, to restore town funding to the Pequot Library shows that level of commitment. Bill joins a long line of notable grand marshals like Hoyt "Hop" Perry, Dr. Bill Kueffner and Medal of Honor recipient Mike Daly." READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Southport-traditions-Parade-and-Blessing-of-4575838.php

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