Parade patrons arrive early

Parade patrons arrive early

There are 10 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Sep 1, 2008, titled Parade patrons arrive early. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Early Monday -- long before the Labor Day parade brass bands, the fire department Dalmatians, the church floats, and the politicians strolling and smiling like the word "Cheese!'' was encrypted in their brains ...

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A Newtwon Resident

AOL

#1 Sep 2, 2008
What a beautiful day for a parade, down Main Street in Newtown was beautiful. Everyone had their flags out, their lawns cut, kids galore! A real hometown site. A grand day it was!
Where is Chris

New Milford, CT

#2 Sep 2, 2008
The Cappiello group clearly outclassed the Murphy contingent. Maybe if Chris had showed up more people would have marched with him. But the difference in numbers of supporters for the two candidates was stark.

Native son Cappiello will do well in these parts come November.

Local Hero

Torrington, CT

#3 Sep 2, 2008
OK, we can cut Murphy some slack for not being at the parade, but his lack of showing by supporters speaks volumes. His purely anti-war victory over Nancy Johnson doesn't appear to bode well for re-election. Cappiello is a locally known quantity, with a history of delivering what he promises. His throngs of supporters are evidence of that.
UNBELIEVABLE

Hamden, CT

#4 Sep 2, 2008
This was the LONGEST parade in history. It was also very poorly planned out. There was no flow to the parade. They should take some pointers from the Town of Brookfield...they know how to put on a parade.
tom

Ansonia, CT

#5 Sep 2, 2008
UNBELIEVABLE: Shaddap! Every year feels like the longest parade in history, so if you can't look beyond that, you need to stay home, ya old crank! It's about coming together as a town and having some good clean old-fashioned fun. Its not about being entertained by the various random parrade entrants, like Windowland truck, or expecting expert production value and superior parade pacing from the organizers.(Having said that, Windowland can stay home next year!) There's something goofy about a convoy of 11 tow trucks driving by, or two different septic companies. But all that helps make the parade unique. Embrace it.
Frustrated Dem

New Milford, CT

#6 Sep 2, 2008
Too bad Ralph Nader didn't march in the parade. Given our frustration with Dodd/Lieberman/Pelosi and Murphy, he would have been a much-needed breath of fresh air.
what the hec

Shelton, CT

#7 Sep 2, 2008
how is it "unique"to have these trucks in the parade if we see these trucks driving by this route every day of the year anyway? they could of at least made a float or decorated the trucks?
tom wrote:
UNBELIEVABLE: Shaddap! Every year feels like the longest parade in history, so if you can't look beyond that, you need to stay home, ya old crank! It's about coming together as a town and having some good clean old-fashioned fun. Its not about being entertained by the various random parrade entrants, like Windowland truck, or expecting expert production value and superior parade pacing from the organizers.(Having said that, Windowland can stay home next year!) There's something goofy about a convoy of 11 tow trucks driving by, or two different septic companies. But all that helps make the parade unique. Embrace it.
Give him a Break

AOL

#8 Sep 3, 2008
Give Chris Murphy a break, he just had a new baby boy! Cappiello did have a great showing, hat's off to him! I did notice that the young fellow Lyddy always seems to pull through as he once again made a nice appearance. Good luck to all in November!
UNBELIEVABLE

Hamden, CT

#9 Sep 3, 2008
tom wrote:
UNBELIEVABLE: Shaddap! Every year feels like the longest parade in history, so if you can't look beyond that, you need to stay home, ya old crank! It's about coming together as a town and having some good clean old-fashioned fun. Its not about being entertained by the various random parrade entrants, like Windowland truck, or expecting expert production value and superior parade pacing from the organizers.(Having said that, Windowland can stay home next year!) There's something goofy about a convoy of 11 tow trucks driving by, or two different septic companies. But all that helps make the parade unique. Embrace it.
I took my daughter because she was marching in it. I expected to see marching bands, political figures, brownie and girl scout troops,military people, and color guards...NOT septic trucks and Hillario's full truck fleet. I certainly did not have the impression I was going to a Macy's Parade. It is turning into one huge advertisement. Maybe they could have these businesses have sponsor banners...we don't need to see 500 businesses march and have a 3 1/2 hour parade to feel hometown pride!
Jim From Woodbury

United States

#10 Sep 3, 2008
UNBELIEVABLE wrote:
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I took my daughter because she was marching in it. I expected to see marching bands, political figures, brownie and girl scout troops,military people, and color guards...NOT septic trucks and Hillario's full truck fleet. I certainly did not have the impression I was going to a Macy's Parade. It is turning into one huge advertisement. Maybe they could have these businesses have sponsor banners...we don't need to see 500 businesses march and have a 3 1/2 hour parade to feel hometown pride!
Agree! Used to live on main street in Newtown back in the 60's and 70's and watched all the parades from our front porch. Several years ago visited friends during the parade on the route and could not believe the undecorated septic trucks, tow trucks, dump trucks, etc.. There should be minimal standards criteria. How things change over the years.. But, i guess they are looking for quanity vs quality.

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