DAF Media will live stream this year’s Darien Memorial Day Parade, the first time the parade has been broadcast live in its entirety. You’ll also be able to see it later, on-demand.
DAF Media, a joint venture between the Darien Athletic Foundation and the Darien Foundation, will station three cameras near the end of the parade route between Nielsen’s Florist and the Darien Library, close to the official viewing stand.
— an announcement from the Darien Foundation
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson will be among the guests interviewed. Four Darien high school students will operate the cameras and computer technology, overseen by Damian Andrew, a veteran TV anchor and DAF media director of video production.
“We are thrilled to provide live coverage of this year’s Memorial Day Parade,” said Andrew. “DAF Media is always looking for opportunities to broadcast special community events, and few events in town are more special than the annual Memorial Day Parade. It includes so many constituents and has a town-wide appeal.”
The parade coverage marks another venture for the Darien-based, high-definition video network, which has broadcast over 110 local arts, athletic, and community events since being launched last fall.
With Andrew at the helm, DAF Media is made up of a volunteer team of about 30 local youths who rotate weekly to produce live-stream events.
The students learn to use broadcast cameras, computers, software, microphones, mixers and lights, in addition to gaining valuable teamwork and logistical skills required to produce a high-quality live stream.
Community members 15 years old and older who are interested in volunteering for the DAF Media production team should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Darien Athletic Foundation
The mission of the Darien Athletic Foundation (www.darienaf.com), established in 2012, is to celebrate and support all youth and high school athletics of Darien. The DAF designed and funded the most recent renovations of the athletic fields at Darien High School, which are used by both youth and high school sports.
The renovations included making several fields into all-weather multi-purpose fields, a new multimedia scoreboard, a pavilion and permanent LED lights for the stadium. DAF makes available to the public an archive of over 50,000 photos and in 2017 created DAF Media. The foundation is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization.
About The Darien Foundation
The Darien Foundation (www.darienfoundation.org) is celebrating its 20th year of building a better Darien. The Darien Foundation is the result of the expanded mission of the Darien Technology Foundation, founded in 1998. This expanded mission allows the Foundation to fund community capital projects in addition to increasing the financial resources for technology in the Darien community. The Darien Foundation has awarded over $4 million in grants to the Darien Public Schools, Darien Emergency Services, and many community non-profit organizations. The Darien Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization.