Somerville’s Memorial Day parade returns after an absence of several years

Somerville’s ‘nice hometown parade’

Gallagher, who served as mayor between 2004 and 2018, said the parade is a “nice hometown parade” with local participants like scouting troops, the police and fire departments and veterans honored with applause as they ride in the back of convertibles.

“I like to say Somerville is two and a half square miles of awesome. And it’s these types of events that make it awesome. And it makes it a wonderful place to live,” Gallagher said.

The organizers of the Tour of Somerville bike race, the oldest bike race in the country, were more than willing to make the parade part of its event. Gallagher said they helped make it possible for both events to happen on the same day.

“When I sat with the bike race organizers, they get it, they understand it. They’re trying to incorporate veterans into some of the ceremonies that they will have during the course of the day,” Gallagher said. “They want to be a part of Memorial Day as well. The bike races are a part of Memorial Day, not vice versa.”

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