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Darien’s Cutest, Dolled up & Dandified, Get Pulled, Pushed or Self-Propelled in July 4 Parade

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Parent power and kid power propelled hundreds of marchers through downtown streets Monday for the annual July 4 Darien-Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade, exhibiting Darien’s and Norwalk’s cutest patriots in the national colors. The rules of the annual parade are simple: You can walk or ride in any kind of non-motorized, wheeled vehicle. At least one kid was on roller blades, many toddlers were in wagons, often resplendently furnished Radio Flyers, scooters were popular and there were bicycles. All got behind an honor guard from the Darien VFW Post, which led the parade, followed by The Spirit of Black Rock Fife and Drum Corps of Bridgeport, local officials (more on who, below), town resident Joe Warren, dressed as Uncle Sam, and the winners of several contests for their parade gear (more on that, below). Before the event, the paraders gathered in the parking lot at Goodwives Shopping Plaza, where they heard music from “Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children and Beyond” — a children’s music school with classes at the Darien-Norwalk YWCA from fall through spring.

Push Push-n-Pull Parade 2015

Police: Various Downtown Darien Streets to Close July 4 from 10:30 AM Till Push-n-Pull Parade Ends

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Starting at about 10:30 a.m., when the Push-n-Pull Parade is scheduled to step off from Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot until it arrives at Tilley Pond Park, various downtown Darien streets will be closed to regular vehicle traffic, Darien police have announced. This Google map shows the entire parade route. Here’s the full announcement from Darien Police Department:

The annual “Push-n-Pull Parade” will be held on Monday, July 4th at 10:30 AM. Motorists are advised to avoid the downtown area during the parade due to traffic restrictions that could cause possible delays. The parade will step off from the Goodwives Shopping Center on Old Kings Highway

North at 10:30 AM, proceeding up Brookside Road and turning left onto the Post Road.

Wagon Push-n-Pull 2015

Get Your Kids Ready: Darien/Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade Continues July 4 Tradition

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Oil the bike wheels, check the tire pressure, decorate it up and get out that patriotic costume/hat/T-shirt — the annual Darien Norwalk Push-n-Pull Parade takes place on July 4. Here’s an announcement from the organizers:

To the delight of many local children and families, Darien VFW Post 6933 is proudly hosting the 12th annual July 4th Push-n-Pull Parade. In keeping with what has now become an annual tradition for Darien, the patriotic parade of children riding bikes, scooters, wagons and non-motorized vehicles will step off from Goodwives Shopping Center with a start time of 10:30 a.m. sharp. Families are encouraged to arrive at Goodwives Shopping Center from 9:45 a.m., where Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children will entertain the waiting crowd before kick-off. The VFW is pleased to have the sponsorship support of the Rucci Law Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Darien Rowayton Bank, the Darien Youth Commission, Tiger Wealth Management, Dynamic Athletics, Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children and the support of the Police Department of the Town of Darien, the Fire Departments of Darien, Noroton and Noroton Heights, and, of course, the Town of Darien.