Parade, BBQ will mark Leverett’s 250th birthday Saturday

Leverett Elementary School will be the end point of Saturday’s parade and the site of continued festivities.

Leverett Elementary School will be the end point of Saturday’s parade and the site of continued festivities. FILE PHOTO

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Staff Writer

Published: 07-05-2024 7:37 PM

LEVERETT — Numerous floats representing local organizations such as the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust, joined by several community groups and officials, will be part of a 53-group parade celebrating the town’s 250th anniversary and stepping off Saturday at 10 a.m.

The parade, the latest in a series of events marking the town’s 1774 birthday and separation from Sunderland, will make its way through town center north from the corner of Depot and Long Hill roads, heading past Leverett Pond, Town Hall and the Leverett Arts and Crafts, to the Leverett Elementary School on Montague Road.

Among those who will be participating in the parade is Edie Field, Leverett’s town historian, for whom the Leverett 250th Committee dedicated the anniversary program. Field will be riding in an antique convertible.

Leverett Police, Fire and Highway department vehicles, along with those from neighboring mutual aid towns, will be participating in the parade, while Moo Butler will be clowning and juggling and the Shriners will be driving their little vehicles.

The floats will include one focused on veterans and another for the Field family, whose maple sugarhouse, dating to 1814, is the oldest in town.

While two seatings to a chicken barbecue catered by Bub’s BarBQ being held at the field between the school and library are already sold out, parade spectators without tickets to the lunch are welcome to drop by to listen to music by DJ Brian Boyles, purchase ice cream from Flayvors of Cook Farm and, for those 21 and over, a Leverett 250th anniversary India Pale Ale beer brewed by Drew Starkweather, owner of Progression Brewing.

Local artist Lori Lynn Hoffer will do face painting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and small games, like cornhole, may also be set up for children.

Bus shuttles for the parade and barbecue will run throughout the day. Dedicated parking for elderly and handicapped will be at the school, Town Hall and the Leverett Congregational Church, with others encouraged to park along Montague Road north of the Public Safety Complex to board the shuttles.

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