2021 Push Pull Parade!

Darien VFW Post 6933 Proudly Hosts the 16th Annual Darien/Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade and
Local Sponsors Show Their Support for this July 4th Tradition

Darien, CT – June 24, 2021 – To the delight of many local children – and after the long pandemic, to the delight of many parents – the Darien VFW Post 6933 is proud to host the sixteenth annual July 4th Push-n-Pull Parade. In keeping with what has now become an annual tradition for Darien, the patriotic parade will comprise children riding bikes, scooters, wagons and non-motorized vehicles. Given the pandemic and timing for approvals, the route of the parade has changed – we will step off from Darien High School with a start time of 10:30 a.m. sharp. Families are encouraged to arrive at Darien High School from 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The parade will end at the VFW Post 6933, located at 205 Noroton Avenue (in the parking lot adjacent to the Noroton Heights Fire Department and McGuane Field).

The VFW is pleased to have the support of our gracious corporate sponsors, the Noroton Heights Fire Department, the Police Department of the Town of Darien, the Fire Departments of Darien and Noroton and the Town of Darien.

The Post’s Color Guard will lead the parade, which drew close to 3,000 residents in 2019. As in prior years, there will be a contest in which participants will have a chance to win honors in multiple categories, including a “best decorated” category for a vehicle with wheels (e.g., a tricycle, bicycle, scooter or wagon), a “best decorated” category for a float, and a “most patriotic” dressed family category. All vehicles must be non-motorized. Winners of the contest will be announced at 10:20 a.m., and they will lead the parade as Honorary Grand Marshals. 

The parade will travel down Noroton Avenue to our Post, where there will be food vendors and live entertainment. There will also be a number of children’s activities taking place there, including face painting and a selection of removable children’s tattoos. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $20 per family payable at the VFW to support the Post and its headquarters, the former Chapel of Fitch’s Home for Soldiers and their Orphans (the first veterans’ home in the U.S. that was established right here in Darien just after the Civil War). We encourage you to stop by the Post on the day of the parade so we can show you around. About the VFW: Our Post membership comprises veterans of all ages who have answered the call of duty to serve overseas in an armed conflict. We have served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and other armed conflicts. Since the founding of our Post in 1946, we have actively participated in Darien life, from sharing our real life wartime experiences with Darien students, to delivering holiday greetings to Darien’s elementary schools, to sponsoring a Little League team and a Cub Scout pack, to supporting veterans of Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan and Norwalk.  We hope that you enjoy this year’s Push-n-Pull Parade with the next generation of proud Americans, and we give thanks to our great Nation as we celebrate our treasured freedoms on this Independence Day.

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