Congratulations to everyone who spent countless hours planning the Grand Parade and a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered or participated in the parade! You all made it a great day!

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Sandwich 375th Anniversary Grand Parade: Part 1.
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Sandwich MA celebrated its 375th anniversary with a grand 2 hour long parade September 2014.
Photos by Elaine Doolittle.

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 The Winners:

The Sandwich 375 Committee is very proud to announce the winners of the Sandwich 375th Grand Parade that was held on September 14, 2014. Bill Diedering, Parade Director, stated “over eighty groups participated in the parade and all entries excluding bands and paid participants were eligible to win one of the exquisite glass blown sailboats made and donated by David McDermott of McDermott Glass Studio.”

The categories were: Most Artistic/Original, Best Use of Parade Theme “Our Sandwich Journey” and Best Youth Entry. The judges representing our major sponsors were: Terri Ahern, Vice President of Cape Cod Healthcare; Sean Randall, Advertising Director at The Enterprise Newspapers; and Steve Marcus, Cape Country 104’s host Steve Marcus. The judges felt that for the most part it was difficult to decide on the winners. Sean Randall said, “It was an hour of eye candy. From start to finish it was one of the best parades I have ever seen.” The judges agreed that there was an impressive amount of energy and creativity put into the floats which made judging even more difficult. . . .

And the winners are:

Most Artistic/Original Float: The RE/MAX Spectrum. Decked out with the replica of the RE/MAX hot air balloon that was part of the Water Street Wing Fling festivities in August, the float also featured a beautifully decorated birthday cake complete with ‘375’ numbers on the top. To engage the onlookers, a roller blading ‘sandwich’ girl was wishing everyone a Happy Birthday!

Best Use of Parade Theme ‘Our Sandwich Journey’: Sandwich Republican Town Committee. Their float “The Cape Cod Branch Railroad Whistle Stop Campaign”, the judges felt a lot of thought and creativity had been put into it. Complete with a train smokestack, they replicated May 26, 1848 when the train stopped in Sandwich as part of a whistle stop campaign. Folks were dressed in period clothing, music played and even politicians of the day gave speeches.

Best Youth Entry: The Forestdale School Shakespeare Actors A 10’ foot float, resplendent in fall colors, beautifully depicted their theme “A Period in Time”. Led by their Falcon mascot, twenty Forestdale students portrayed the actors in Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet both on and off the float, joyfully interacting with their audience.

After the parade, at the bandstand, the Sandwich Town Band played the song, "Anchors Aweigh.” The Navy sailors heard it and responded with their own a cappella version. Photo by Len Savery.

After the parade, at the bandstand, the Sandwich Town Band played the song, “Anchors Aweigh.” The Navy sailors heard it and responded with their own a cappella version. Photo by Len Savery. (Click for larger view.)

This very exciting parade lineup included TEN bands, classic/antique cars, Aleppo Shrine Clowns, equestrian units, numerous floats and marching groups, and many surprises too. This was, indeed, the biggest parade Sandwich has seen in many years, maybe ever!



army_band_header215th U.S. Army Band

When is the last time you saw a traditional military marching band in a parade? Years ago it was much more common but today it is truly a special occasion. People will remember this for a long time.



SpiritAmBand-star-logoSpirit of America Marching Band

Spirit of America has toured internationally, with performances in South Korea, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and across the United States, receiving numerous awards both at home and abroad. Spirit of America Marching Band received its name when it was designated as “Best Representing the Spirit of America” at the Washington, D.C. Independence Day Parade in 1986. This patriotic, precision unit has upheld a standard of musical excellence for more than twenty-five years.


MarksmenMarksmen Drum & Bugle Corps

2014 North American Champions in the Buglers Hall of Fame Circuit. The Corps is comprised of four sections: a traditional color guard, a performance guard spinning flags and rifles, a brass section including soprano, mid range, baritone and bass voices, and a full marching percussion. The group represents pride, showmanship, and discipline with a commitment to the pageantry arts.


  ColumColum Cille Pipes & Drums

Often referenced by his Latin name, Saint Columba, Colum Cille was an Irish prince and warrior who became a priest and scholar. An Irish saint who brought Christianity to Scotland during the 6th Century, Colum Cille spread faith, knowledge and culture throughout Europe from his monastery on the Isle of Iona. For that reason, Colum Cille is revered by Irish and Scottish, Protestant and Catholic and is a symbol of the unity of all people.

Colum Cille, based in Sandwich, Massachusetts, marches in scores of parades from New York City to Newport to Boston, and of course, Cape Cod. Since its inception in 2001, the band has built a dynamic resume, which includes playing at the Annual Harpoon Brewery St. Patrick’s Day Party, Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Orleans and Hyannis 4th of July Parades, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra-Mashpee Night at the Pops Concert, and the Cape Cod Marathon.


HighlandLight2Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band

For more than thirty years, Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band has been thrilling audiences with the traditional music and spectacle of the Great Highland Bagpipes and Drums.

The Band’s name is taken from Highland Light, also known as Cape Cod Light, an historical lighthouse in Truro. It also echoes the name of an historic Scottish regiment. Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band is noted for presenting the best of the traditional repertoire for pipes and drums in a style based on the traditions of the Highland regiments.


WmDiamondWilliam Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps

The signature sound of colonial New England is the sound of the six hole wooden fife and the rope tension drum. Clothing worn by the musicians approximates that worn by persons of yeoman status, living in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775.

The William Diamond Juniors have performed in numerous ceremonies, parades and musters both near and far. Some of these events include the annual U.S.S. Constitution Sunset Ceremony, the annual Patriot’s Day events in Lexington, New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and they have been featured participants at Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummers Call weekend on several occasions. In 2013, the corps performed on Main Street, USA at Walt Disney World in Florida. In 2005, and again in 2012, the corps traveled to Switzerland to tour and perform with many of the Swiss fife and drum groups.

The band lineup also includes local school marching bands.




Pat DeConto

Pat DeConto

Patricia L. DeConto has been named grand marshal of the parade that will celebrate Sandwich’s 375th anniversary.

The Parade Committee unanimously chose Mrs. DeConto both because she was a Gold Star mother and because her family has done so much for the town.

Mrs. DeConto is the mother of United States Navy Captain Gerald F. DeConto.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Capt. DeConto, 44, was at the Pentagon organizing the Navy’s response to the World Trade Center attacks in New York City when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building. He was one of 125 people to die in the Pentagon attack.

At present, work is underway to complete the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium at Sandwich High School. This would not have been possible without the hard work and generous financial support from the DeConto family.



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