COMMUNITY ADVOCATE – The unofficial end-of-summer weekend culminated Sept. 5 with longtime holiday traditions marking milestones including the 65th annual Marlborough Labor Day Parade.
With this year’s theme of “Marlborough – Where Tradition and Economic Vitality Meet,” the parade featured a number of bands, floats and marchers representing nonprofit organizations. Joining local and other state elected officials were Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The 1.7-mile parade route also served as the campaign trail for some political candidates.
Honored as grand marshal was lifelong city resident Walter Bonin, a board member of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation since its inception 10 years ago. Bonin also served 11 years on the City Council, seven as president.
Meanwhile, residents and visitors satisfied their appetites at Union Common. There, the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, offered its 25th annual Labor Day Barbecue. Once again, the barbecue featured parish youth serving fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Some parade spectators claimed prime viewing spots by arriving early for the Marlborough Lions Club’s 35th annual Labor Day Bed Race. This year, 20 teams of four runners sponsored by businesses and a nonprofit organization pushed hospital beds east to City Hall, where they applied linen. After continuing further east and making a U-turn, they raced back to City Hall and removed the linen. The club raised $4,000, which will help with its ongoing charitable causes including eyeglasses for those in need of assistance.
This article by Ed Karvoski Jr. originally appeared here.