The following is from John F. Robinson, Parade Chairman .
As Chairman of the Braintree 4th of July Celebration Parade 2012, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the major businesses, the small businesses and of course our wonderful citizens of Braintree who stepped forward to make a contribution to assure that this year’s parade was a success! From large to small, your contributions were greatly appreciated!!!!
I would also like to thank Ann Marie Murphy and her volunteers for their assistance in coordinating the parade units at . So many hours were spent to coordinate the parade and celebration and I want to thank my co-chairman, John Grandy, volunteers Joe Darche, Tom Whalen, Pam Whalen, Tom Corcoran, Bob Wright and of course my wife Maryanne who made sure things moveda long smoothly during the parade route.
To Boy Scout Leader, Paul Spinney, a huge Thank You for his leadership in assigning his leaders Bruce Hall, Liz Lemieux and Scouts, Mike Dalton, Matt and Nick Eleuteri, Chris Manganello, Steven Lemieux, Tim Manganello, Richard Paulson, and Pume Udomratanakoson for carrying the parade banners! You should be proud; you did anoutstanding job!
I would be remiss if I didn’t send out a very special Thank You to Bill Needham, Gerry Cormmock and Wes Rea from BCAM for filming the parade. And to our parade commentators, Carol Kippenhan and Chief Paul Frazier for their informative and colorful presentation of the parade, I thank you!
Thank you Mayor Joseph Sullivan for all your help and cooperation, and for your hospitality to the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps for allowing them to stay at Braintree High School the night before the parade. Tom Mahar and his custodians did a great job in hosting this corps who traveled from upstate New York and arrived in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday to be in our parade!
I hope next year we will be able to repeat a bigger parade and celebration. Thank you.
John F. Robinson