DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

August 8, 2013

Carole Connelly will lead Old Home Day parade

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — Carole Connelly will lead this year’s Old Home Day parade as its grand marshal, riding in style down Mammoth Road on Aug. 17.

Old Home Day runs from Aug. 14 through Aug. 18 with a long list of activities, special events, booths, the parade, fireworks and much more.

Connelly has been a member of the Old Home Day Committee for many years and was selected by her fellow committee members in May to be parade grand marshal.

This year’s Old Home Day celebration is the 114th annual celebration.

Planned activities include a baby contest, games, band concerts, a movie night, fireworks, booths and more.

Old Home Day Committee Chairman Kathy Wagner said Connelly is well deserving of the honor.

“She has been with us since we started,” Wagner said. “We thought it would be nice to honor her.”

To choose the grand marshal each year, Wagner said the committee tosses members’ choices into a container and then choose.

Connelly has lived in town about 13 years and is embedded in many parts of the community. She has strong ties to the Londonderry Senior Center, the Warm Homes organization and her church, St. Jude Parish.

Hearing that she was top vote-getter for grand marshal was surprising; she was sitting right there at the meeting.

“I was overwhelmed,” Connelly said. “I am quite excited.”

When her committee counterparts urged her to vote for herself, Connelly said she had someone else in mind.

“I voted for Kathy Wagner,” she said.

Wagner said Connelly will ride in style in an antique, open air vehicle. Once the parade ends at the Town Common, Connelly will most likely jump right back into her Old Home Day duties. That includes working in the St. Jude booth, selling the church’s version of sloppy joes, or in this case, “sloppy Judes.”

“She’ll get right back to work,” Wagner said.

Visit oldhomedays.com for more details and updates.