The Brockton Public Schools is pleased to announce the return of the 123rd annual Huntington Memorial Day Parade, taking placing on Tuesday, May 31, at 12 p.m.
Student groups, marching bands, first responders, veterans and elected officials from across the city will participate in the parade, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
As in previous years, the parade will step off from the Huntington School and turn right down West Chestnut Street from Warren Avenue, right down Main Street and take another right down South Street before returning to the school on Warren Avenue.
“It means a lot to me as Superintendent and as someone who grew up in Brockton to have the Huntington Parade return this year,” said Mike Thomas, Superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools. “Traditions matter to our community, especially this one which has been around for six generations.”
First held in 1897, the Huntington Memorial Day Parade has brought thousands of students together on the city’s South Side to honor fallen soldiers and veterans.
“I’ve had the pleasure of marching in the Huntington Parade many times over the years, first as a student playing the trumpet, then as a City Councilor, and now for the first time as Mayor. Some of my fondest memories are of taking my children to the parade. I’m thrilled that other Brockton families will be able to build their own special memories as the parade returns this year,” said Mayor Robert F. Sullivan.
“This is the highlight of our year,” said Gilmore Principal Marybeth O’Brien, who coordinates the parade each year with her colleagues. “For many of our students, this will be the first time they have marched in a parade. I am so happy not only for our scholars at the Gilmore, but for every BPS student who has been eagerly awaiting their chance to march in the parade for two years now.”