Memorial Day Parade on May 31 Line of March and Route

The Town of New Canaan and the Howard M. Bossa and Peter C. Langenus Post 653 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States are pleased to announce plans for a traditional New Canaan Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31st, and Memorial Day Ceremony following the parade at Lakeview Cemetery.

Each year we gather to remember with gratitude and honor the proud men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to protect and preserve a life of freedom for all Americans.

All residents are invited to attend the parade and ceremony.

Members of the Exchange Club will march before the parade starts and hand out American flags.


  1. Grand Marshals  
  2. VFW Honored Unit
  3. Veterans
  4. Town Officials, Clergy and Guest Speaker
  5. Board of Education
  6. Exchange Club with the Yalesville Fife & Drum Corps
  7. Police Department
  8. US Naval Sea Cadets Corps
  9. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  10. League of Women Voters (LWV)
  11. Girl Scouts & Brownies
  12. Knights of Columbus
  13. Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts
  14. New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps
  15. Mount Kisco Scottish Bagpipers
  16. Fire Department
  17. Vista Fire Department
  18. CERT Community Emergency Response Team
  19. School of Rock
  20. New Canaan Mounted Troop
  21. New Canaan Baseball
  22. Saint Aloysius School Girls Soccer
  23. Staying Put in New Canaan
  24. Get About Van
  25. New Canaan Beautification League
  26. Waveny LifeCare Network
  27. New Canaan Men’s Club
  28. New Canaan Department of Public Works

The Grand Marshals for the parade will be Boy Scouts Jack Goetz, Ryan Krolikowski, Henry Pohle and Andrew Wilson, who led the Veterans Banner Project in 2019.  The VFW Honored Unit will be New Canaan Health Director Jenifer Eielson and her Health Department team, Town Medical Director Dr. David Reed and Schools Medical Director Dr. Harrison Pierce.

The Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. at the traditional start in the St. Mark’s Church parking lot on Oenoke Ridge Road. 

Due to COVID-19 conditions and continued roadwork on lower Main Street, this year’s parade route will be as follows:

Parade starts at 9:30 AM, proceeds down Oenoke Ridge, past God’s Acre and the Wayfair Cross, and continuing past Town Hall down Main Street, Right turn onto Elm Street, Left turn onto South Avenue, Continue on South Avenue to Harrison Avenue where the parade route ends.  Those attending the Memorial Ceremony will continue down Harrison Avenue to Lakeview Cemetery. 

The Memorial Ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery after the parade will be conducted under the direction of Post 653 VFW Commander Mike McGlinn.  The Town of New Canaan’s Chief Buildings Official Brian Platz, a United States Marine Corps veteran, will be speaker for the ceremony.  Rev. Fr. Rob Kinnally, pastor of St. Aloysius R.C. Church will give the Invocation and Benediction.

In the event of heavy rain, a parade cancelation notice will be posted on the Town website at  In the event of parade cancelation, a Memorial Ceremony will be conducted at Town Hall at 10:00 am, but due to COVID limitations there will be very limited public seating.

Memorial poppies will be available for any donation made to New Canaan VFW Post 653 the weekend before Memorial Day at several New Canaan businesses (ACME, Dunkin Donuts and Walter Stewart’s Market). Post 653 uses fundraising proceeds to pay for flags and wreaths that are laid on Memorial Day and during the Christmas season on veterans’ graves at Lakeview and other cemeteries in New Canaan.