WALLINGFORD — As part of the town’s celebration, the Wallingford 350th+2 Jubilee Parade will take place June 18.
“When you think about it, our whole mantra for this jubilee was to commemorate the history of where we’ve come from, but also celebrate what’s good about Wallingford and how much progress the town has made,” said Christine Mansfield, Wallingford 350th Jubilee co-chair. “One of those signature ways that we can bring the community together is the parade.”
Mansfield said the parade has been a tradition in past jubilees, so it was important to bring it back after the 350th Jubilee was postponed three times due to the pandemic. The celebration was originally scheduled to be held in June 2020.
“We wanted to persevere and sustain and having floats and having our community be represented in the parade, including the fife and drum bands and the units that will march, this was so important,” Mansfield said.
Mansfield said she looks at the COVID numbers daily.
“If folks want to wear masks or they want to distance ... from the public safety standpoint, our vaccination rates are over 90 percent,” Mansfield said. “As we get closer to the Jubilee, we will continue to keep an eye on it.”
The estimated parade time is two hours. It starts at 1:30 p.m. at Moses Y. Beach School on North Main Street and ends at Lyman Hall High School on Pond Hill Road.
Shuttle buses will be available from several parking locations on the east and west sides of town. Roads will be closed during the parade.
According to a statement by police, all of the affected roads are anticipated to reopen by around 4 p.m. Residents can learn more about which roads will be closed by visiting this link: https://www.wallingford350parade.org/_files/ugd/06e70c_c2f2f5f1922945aabbdfb579abca05f3.pdf.
Entertainment on parade day will start at noon. The Dyn-O-Myte Disco Band will perform on stage one, located on South Main and Center streets facing North Main Street. Number Nine, a Beatles tribute band, will perform on stage two, across from BC Bailey Funeral Home on South Elm Street.
The parade, which is sponsored by Ulbrich Specialty Steel of Wallingford, will include over 15 fife and drum units from the tri-state area. The Governor’s Foot Guards, Governor’s Horse Guards and the South Philadelphia String Band are also scheduled to participate.
The South Philadelphia String Band, which includes banjos, accordions, violins, saxophones, fiddles and drums, has been performing for over 100 years. According to its website, the band is at its best when the tempo of the music is fast and the performers are moving.
“They were a presence in previous Jubilees and we have some volunteers who are from the Philadelphia area,” Mansfield said. “It was easy to put those two back together.”
Chris Ulbrich, CEO and chairman of Ulbrich Specialty Steel, said the company will have a float in the parade.
“This is one way we can help celebrate with the community,” Ulbrich said. “The community has been good to us for close to 100 years ... we’re honored to give back and celebrate.”