Gould hopeful for Memorial Day Parade in Lincoln

Gould hopeful for Memorial Day Parade in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Lincoln’s Memorial Day Parade was one of countless events canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but parade planners say they are hopeful that the beloved local tradition will return this year.

The discussion over whether or not the parade will go on this year has been a continuous one, with the parade committee meeting last week. For now, the general consensus seems to be that there will probably be a parade, but it might not take place on Memorial Day.

The committee is exploring other options to commemorate the holiday, including a possible dedication held at each of the town’s war memorials. A Facebook group has been created, called Veterans of Lincoln R.I., to connect with the community’s active and retired servicemen and women and identify different memorials throughout town.

Depending on the pandemic and the state of the vaccination rollout, there may be a parade later in the summer, according to Co-Director Phil Gould. Lincoln is also celebrating its 150th anniversary as a township in 2021. Gould said the goal is to be able to host some kind of celebration, if it’s safe to do so.

The committee has big plans for its next parade, he said, including the addition of a sensory-friendly area, where sirens and loud noises will be silenced so that children with sensory processing issues can still enjoy the event.

He said more information on the Memorial Day observation and parade will be provided when plans are solidified.