Old Home Day is a staple for celebrating everything that makes Londonderry special – it’s a chance for the community to come together for laughter and celebration, and this year will be no different.
One of the most popular attractions, the parade, has been in the works since March, when Parade Chair Christine Patton began sending out invitations to different groups who might be able to participate. This year there will be horses, big equipment from the airport, Girl Scouts – “finally!”, possibly some military vehicles, and, if it doesn’t rain, an old Model-T car.
Miss New Hampshire will be making an appearance this year, and there are five musical groups scheduled to perform. Missing this year will be some Shriner groups because of a big anniversary in Canada, and the calliope, whose most recent player retired.
While the parade is a sight to see, a lot of planning goes into making it a success. Patton’s committee members, Al and Judy Baldasaro and Doug and Liz Thomas, send request to the armed forces, research new acts, compile and update contact lists, and are involved in the preparation of the final marching order.
“They do a wonderful job,” she said.
Patton also makes sure the town’s thoughts and ideas are involved as well. After every parade, you can see her walking around asking people what they liked, what they didn’t like, and what they want to see more of.
“So far, I hear no complaints,” she said, but has often heard that the town wants to see more high school bands involved.
The parade will take place, as it always does, at Londonderry Middle School promptly at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. This event draws nearly 10,000 spectators, according to the Old Home Day website, and getting there early is advised if you want a good spot.