UPDATED, April 21: The Patriots Day parade marched down Mass. Ave. from Brattle Square to Linwood Street on Sunday, April 14.
The annual event dating back perhaps a century followed the Arlington Boys and Girls Club 55th annual Fun Run, Jason Russell House tours, readings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" and Menotomy Battle reenactment. It was based on events that took place here during the British retreat on April 19, 1775.
The Jason Russell House, at Jason Street and Mass. Ave., held public tours before and after the reenactment, as guides pointed to interior walls still pocked by bullet holes from the battle that took place inside the house on the first day of the American Revolution.
That's the clearly historical part of Patriots Day. Then came the parade -- part history, part politicians, part Shriners -- and all family.
Elias G. Katsos, a World War II Army veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient, has been chosen by the Patriots Day Parade Committee and Veterans Council to be the 2019 grand marshal for the parade. His other military decorations include a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. A lifelong Arlington resident, Katsos and his wife, Constantina, raised their four children in town. Katsos will be joined at the parade by his 9-year-old granddaughter, Alexandra "Lexi" Dorow, who has written a book chronicling her grandfather's military service.
Longtime Arlington resident Bob Bowes, of Bowes Real Estate, has been named the 2019 honorary grand marshal by the Patriots Day Parade Committee. The honor recognizes Bowes for 50 years of service to the town, including his work with the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee, the Children's Room, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Health and Human Services Department, and the Patriots' Day Parade Committee. He was also named the 2019 Citizen of the Year by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Many community groups will be marching in the parade, in addition to local and regional parade bands and entertainers.
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
Diamond-level sponsor: Munsey Screw Machine Products, Inc., in loving memory of founder Joseph F. Munsey;
Platinum-level sponsors: Belmont Orthodontics; John's Landscape Service, Inc; Leader Bank;
Gold-level sponsors: Armstrong Ambulance Service; BOWES Real Estate; Knights of Columbus, Council 109; Davidson Management Company; Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Homes;
Silver-level sponsors: American Legion Post 39; Cambridge Savings Bank; Kalivas Insurance Agency Inc.; DeVito Funeral Homes; Mystic Wine Shoppe;
Supporters: American Alarm; Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development; First Baptist Church of Arlington; JVT Realtors; Keefe Funeral Home; Regent Theatre.
Residents are encouraged to watch for parking restrictions, road closures and MBTA bus route changes on Sunday, April 14. For transportation updates, visit www.arlingtonma.gov.
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This news announcement was published Friday, March 22, 2019, and updated April 21, to add ACMi link.
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