Darien VFW to host 14th annual Push-n-Pull parade on Fourth of July

The Fedoronko family at the Push-n-Pull Parade Saturday, July 4 —Laureen Vellante
The Fedoronko family at a past Push-n-Pull Parade —Laureen Vellante

To the delight of many local children and families, Darien VFW Post 6933 is proudly hosting the fourteenth annual July 4th Push-n-Pull Parade. In keeping with what has now become a yearly tradition for Darien, the patriotic parade of children riding bikes, scooters, wagons and non-motorized vehicles will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center with a start time of 10:30 a.m. sharp.

Families are encouraged to arrive at Goodwives Shopping Center from 9:45 a.m., where Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children will entertain the waiting crowd before kick-off. The Post’s Color Guard will lead the parade with local and state elected officials.  The parade last year drew close to 3,000 residents.

Like last year, there will be a contest for participants 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 and local dignitaries.

The parade travels down the Post Road and ends in Tilley Pond Park, where there will be food vendors and live entertainment by the Ray and Jay Band and the Darien Community Band.  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 Tilley Pond Park 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).  The Chapel is at 205 Noroton Avenue, and the public is encouraged to stop by to visit for a tour.

The VFW is pleased to have the sponsorship support of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; JetBlue; Day Pitney LLP; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Laurel Road Bank; Jaguar Land Rover Darien; The Rucci Law Group; The Darien Youth Commission; Barnum Benefit Advsiors; Dynamic Athletics; and Investmark, without whom this event would not take place.

The VFW would also like to thank Urstadt Biddle Properties, the gracious tenants of the Goodwives Shopping Center and Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children for their support of this annual event.  Last, the VFW is also pleased to have the support of the Police Department of the Town of Darien, the Fire Departments of Darien, Noroton and Noroton Heights, and, of course, the Town of Darien.

About the VFW: VFW Post membership comprises veterans of all ages who have answered the call of duty to serve overseas in an armed conflict. They 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 Post 6933 in 1946, we have actively participated in Darien community life, from sharing 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. The VFW hopes that you enjoy this year’s Push-n-Pull Parade with the next generation of proud Americans, and give thanks to our great Nation as we celebrate our treasured freedoms on this Independence Day.