Pawtuxet Village sets up chairs ahead of annual Gaspee Days parade
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Chairs lined the Gaspee Days parade route on Friday ahead of the weekend festivities.
They gradually popped up along Narragansett Parkway in Warwick all week as people claimed their spot to watch the parade march through Pawtuxet Village.
The Gaspee Days celebration commemorates the anniversary of the burning of the HMS Gaspee in 1772.
The annual celebration, held the second Saturday of June, has taken on a life of its own over the years.
Some Warwick residents told ABC 6 News that for them, Gaspee Days marks the beginning of summer.
The two-mile parade will entertain families with drum corps, fire rucks, and Shriners in miniature cars.
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The 5K foot race will step off a half hour earlier at 2052 Broad Street in Cranston.