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Celebrate Holliston 2018 Parade -Part 1

by Paul Saulnier
September 24, 2018

September 22, 2018. Parade Marshall Martha Ellis put on another terrific event for Holliston residents. As usual, Holliston's Finest cleared the route in their traditional noisy way.

Members of the American Legion marched to honor their comrads. Thank you for your service.

Holliston's 2018 Woman of the Year is Martha Ellis. One reason for the recognition: Martha is the force behind the parade every year.

P.J. Kilkelly is the 2018 Holliston Man of the Year in recognition of all his volunteer work, especially for his advocacy for the farming community.

Selectmen John Cronin, above left, and Mark Ahronian can be themselves during the parade, letting the care and troubles associated with being a selectman fade into the background for a few hours.

Holliston is blessed to have such an active Lions Club that does so much in service to the community.

Many business sponsors Celebrate Holliston by being in the parade and exhibiting at the field on Green Street after the parade. More on them in part 2 of HollistonReporter.com coverage of the parade.

Keeping true to its roots, the parade has lots of tractors to appreciate. That's Bill Stickney plowing down Woodland Street.

Here is an interesting duo: a tractor pulling 7202 - the five families traveling to Kenya to build a soccer field there.

Jack Anderson, a tractor lover and member of the Old Coots Tractor Club, helped John Gagnon, below, find his first tractor. Pretty cute (the tractor, that is).

The closest thing we have to the wild west is the Holliston Sportsmens Association.

Holliston is fortunate to have good representation in Boston. Representative Carolyn Dykema, above, and Senator Karen Spilka, below.

These three from the class of 1953, hope all 20 surviving classmates will come to the next reunion. The music they grew up with, Fats Domino, The Coasters, Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, the list goes on forever, helped them face the turbulent 60s.

Parades are real for the kids, whether sitting on a float ...

or walking on the their hands. Who doesn't love a hometown parade?

Part 2 of the parade coming soon.

 

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