With amazing weather for the St Mary Carnival, the turnout was the best, so far, over the last seven years. Bob Legnard, parishioner and volunteer, thought that holding the event downtown helped with it's success. The Municipal Center lawn was turned into a fun filled place with rides, games and other amusements. The church and school members staffed the food tents, raffle booths and games.
The carnival kicked off on Wednesday evening and ended Sunday after a spectacular weekend of warm, sunny skies, the likes of which the carnival has not seen in many years.
Sunday's memorial day parade was celebrated at 2 p.m. and was believed by many to be one of the most attended parades in Bethel in almost 10 years.
Streets were lined from the Shopping Plaza to the upper Greenwood intersection and back to the Municipal center. Families, kids and pets lined the street three people deep and enjoyed the music, school groups, and clubs walked the parade route.
On the Municipal Center lawn, a Memorial Day presentation of wreathes accompanied the reading of essays from Ms. McKenna Leaden and Ms. Cote, NJROTC member. The remembrance of fallen heroes and a gun salute followed the end of the parade.
Keynote speaker and decorated serviceman, Todd Angell spoke eloquently.
Matthew Knickerbocker, First Selectman asked that we all take a moment to thank a veteran for our freedoms.
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