Southwick Parade route changes

The Southwick 250th celebration float arrives at Southwick Regional High School for the Salute to Southwick Drive-By N0v. 7, 2020. (MARC ST. ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

SOUTHWICK – The Southwick 250th Anniversary Oct. 16 parade route will be changed after it was determined that the previously planned route would not be logistically feasible.

In a Facebook post Aug. 26, the Southwick Civic Fund announced that the Southwick Police Department and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts found that blocking off two state roads, Route 57 and Route 10, would “not be feasible for our needed timeframe.”

The Civic Fund said that the parade will now begin at 1 p.m. at the Southwick Department of Public Works facility, but it will still end at Southwick’s Town Hall as previously planned. The Southwick 250th Anniversary Parade is being combined with the annual Farm Parade, though the Farm Parade will gather in the Southwick Florist Parking lot.

Following the combined parades, there will be fireworks launched from The Wick 338, with food trucks and music taking place at Whalley Park beforehand.

The Southwick Civic Fund is still accepting applications for participants in each of the two parades.

Southwick’s 250th Anniversary Parade, as well as most of the 250 celebrations, was supposed to take place in 2020, but everything was pushed to 2021 due to the pandemic, which still looms over celebration plans.

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