Fourth of July Parade Marshal Paul Federici, right, alongside his wife, Darlene.
Reminder Publishing photos by Sophie Markham

EAST LONGMEADOW — Residents from East Longmeadow and throughout Greater Springfield and northern Connecticut gathered to enjoy East Longmeadow’s annual Fourth of July parade.

This year’s grand marshal was Paul Federici, a former selectman and town councilor who has also served as a member of the parade committee since 2005.

After the parade, the committee announced its award winners.

Fire departments

  • Best Appearing Pumper: Shaker Pines 2019 Sutphen
  • Best Appearing Overall Apparatus: Longmeadow Fire Department 2005 F550 Brush Truck
  • Best Appearing Antique: Hampden Fire Department 1937 Ford

Musical units

  • Best Marching Unit: The Yankee Doodle Band
  • Best Color Guard: Windsor Fife and Drum Corps
  • Best Fife & Drum: Marquis of Granby Fife & Drum
  • General Overall Effect: Trailer Trash
  • Most Entertaining Musical Unit: Polish American String Band
  • People’s Choice Award: 7Roads
  • Community Spirit Award: Great American Marching Band

Patriotic floats

  • First place: South Hadley Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
  • Second place: to Lenox American Saw
  • Third place: East Longmeadow’s girls lacrosse team

Hometown floats

  • First place: Alliance Dental Care
  • Second place: Brew Practitioners, LLC
  • Third place: Maybury Material Handling Cruise

Open class

  • First place: Springfield Lodge of Elks 61
  • Second place: The Chicopee Parade Committee
  • Third place: The Springfield Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
The Springfield Colleen Emma Feeley and her court – Madelyn Johnson, Bridget Laviolette, Feeley, and Caitlin Dowd.
Mckenna Torres, 4, of East Longmeadow in full 4th of July attire
Jen and Tom Brown sat alongside Maple Street with a perfect view of the parade.
Jessica Neiswender, Katie Heald, Sabina McCarthy enjoying a street side view of the parade.
EJ Smith, 3, of East Longmeadow
A portable prize cart made their rounds throughout the parade.
The East Longmeadow Fire Department.
The American Legion Yankee Doodle Band.
The East Longmeadow American Legion Post 293.
A member of the East Longmeadow American Legion Post 293 riding around on a mini dirt bike.
The Westover Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol.
Gordon Smith, superintendent of the East Longmeadow Public Schools.
The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.
Members of the Hampden County Sheriff Department riding in on horseback throughout the parade.
U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal
Springfield Mayor Dominic J. Sarno
The Mandalorion and Grogu (baby yoda) made an exciting appearance alongside the 501st Legion.
The East Longmeadow youth softball team
A member of the East Longmeadow youth softball team
The East Longmeadow youth baseball team travels through the parade in style.
The East Longmeadow youth baseball team
Miss Western Massachusetts Meaghan Kalbaugh
Ms. Senior Massachusetts Victoria Wright
The East Longmeadow youth cheerleading team
A gentleman hands an American flag to a young parade go-er.
Pauline Lamothe, 102, lifelong resident of Springfield, MA who was given ‘Pauline Lamothe Day’ on her 101st birthday, declaring July 23 as her day in the city of Springfield
Two young gentlemen toss candy out to parade spectators during the route.
A Kelly Fradet Lumber mini mobile
The Windsor and Drum Corps based out of Windsor, Connecticut
American flags surrounded by bubbles floating throughout the parade.
The Thunderbirds’ very own Boomer.
Two members of the Junior Yellow Jackets Greater Springfield Youth Hockey Association in partnership with American International College.
The Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps of Granby, Connecticut