‘Salute to Southwick’ procession is Saturday


The Southwick 250 Trolley will lead a procession through town Nov. 7. (THE WESTFIELD NEWS PHOTO)

SOUTHWICK – Although it’s not the Grand Parade originally planned for this fall, the Southwick 250th Committee is hosting a “Salute to Southwick Procession” Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

Most events celebrating the anniversary of the town were postponed to 2021, including the parade, so organizers have created several socially distant and virtual events to celebrate community pride.

The vehicle procession takes place on the day Southwick was incorporated. Sponsored by the Southwick Civic Fund, the procession will be led by the special Southwick 250 Trolley.

Vehicles will assemble at 1:30 p.m. in the staging area located at the Southwick Regional School on Rebecca Lobo Way. The motor tour of country roads and through neighborhoods should last for approximately two hours, said committee member Deb Herath.

Appropriate decorations for the “birthday” celebration are encouraged. However, decorations, banners, flags, etc. advocating, opposing or depicting any political candidate or issue are not allowed. The procession will be limited to 25 licensed vehicles signed up in advance. Potential participants are asked to contact Marcus Phelps at 569-3381 to reserve a spot.

Herath said to visit www.southwick250.org to learn more about this and other events and to view the processional map. Herath noted that the event will follow COVID guidelines.

“It will be designed to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to view the procession while maintaining social distancing,” she stated. “A giant ‘thank you’ to the Southwick Police Department for making this possible.”

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