Gaspee Days wind down in early June
May 24, 2012 by Sarah
After a month of festivities, Gaspee Days will come to an end on June 10. This annual event, which has taken place one way or another since 1774, draws many people to the Warwick area. The celebration ended in 1907 but was revitalized in 1966 . It is a celebration of patriotism, history, and American resolve. The biggest event of the month is most definitely the Gaspee Days Parade.
The 47th Gaspee Days Parade will take place on June 9 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. It runs along the Narragansett Parkway and ends at Broad Street in Cranston. The parade will feature fife and drum bands, civil war units, drum and bugle bands, and Mummers in the guise of the Woodland String Band. This year’s Grand Marshall will be long-term Gaspee Days devotee Milton Wrath.
Any non-profit organization or civic group can apply to take part in the parade either marching or riding on a float. All floats must first of all have their theme approved by the Gaspee Days Parade committee and all decorations must be patriotic. Sponsors of floats can post signs but they must be discrete. Warwick printing companies can of course help with the decoration of a float.
On June 10, Gaspee Days Sunday in the Park will be held at Pawtuxet Park from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. It will feature the drawing of the Gaspee Days Raffle, colonial life and cooking demonstrations, a military fashion show, and Royal Navy press crews. Those who attend must bring their own food. Gaspee Days will end at 4:00 pm with the burning of the Gaspee; the ship that is said to have initiated the American Revolution.