NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The show will go on — or in this case the parade will go on — despite a tropical storm moving into the area.
The Newtown Labor Day parade will mark its 55th anniversary this year even as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches New England, said Beth Caldwell, president of the parade committee.
"We are going to stay positive," she said Sunday. "Only once in our 55 years has it been cancelled."
That cancellation was due to Hurricane Irene, which caused power outages throughout the state with downed trees and power lines.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday, with road closures beginning at 9:30 a.m., she said. Parade fans turn out from all across town, the region and even the whole state.
Parking is available at Big Y, Caraluzzi’s Market, Hawley School, and St. Rose School. A shuttle bus leaves from St. Rose School.
The theme of this year's parade is "There is no place like home," Caldwell said.
"We are really focussed on Newtown and that makes it special," she said.
Dr. Bob Grossman is this year's grand marshal.
The parade in Newtown is the largest in the state for Labor Day, and it is one of the largest events of the year in town. It is a favorite for everyone from hometown kids to statewide politicians and from beautiful babies to horses.