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Gaspee Days Parade: Returned

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Kevin McCarthy and his daughter, Asliyna Sollitto,6, watch the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade Saturday, June 12.

WARWICK, RI — It was supposed to rain, but by the time the Gaspee Days Parade started rolling just before 11 a.m. Saturday, the atmosphere was sunny and  upbeat along Narragansett Parkway and Broad Street through Pawtuxet Village.

The event featured sights, music, musket and cannon fire, and a return of the throngs of parade watchers camped out on the side of the road with friends and family. It also featured Grand Marshal Angelica Penta, owner of Gel’s Kitchen in Warwick and West Warwick; Stephen McCartney, former WPD Police Chief, as the Parade Mace Bearer, and a newly minted Mayor Frank Picozzi.

“Marching in the Gaspee Day Parade today was one of the best experiences of my life. It was great seeing everyone (especially the kids) gathered and enjoying themselves again. And I was very humbled by the reception that everyone gave me. I love you Warwick,” wrote Mayor Frank Picozzi on his Facebook Page.

Here are a few highlights from the first Gaspee Days Parade since the pandemic:

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Kevin McCarthy and his daughter, Asliyna Sollitto,6, watch the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade Saturday, June 12.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Kevin Mccarthy and his daughter, Aaliyna Sollitto, 6, watch the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade Saturday, June 12.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Plastic swords were in play in advance of the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Plastic swords were in play in advance of the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers during the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers during the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A reenactor adjusts his glasses as he prepares his attire for the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A reenactor adjusts his glasses as he prepares his attire for the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Police led the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Police led the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers and Mace Bearer Stephen McCartney help start off the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers and Mace Bearer Stephen McCartney help start off the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers and Mace Bearer Stephen McCartney helped start off the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade. Here, they're presenting at the end of the route before the reviewing stand in Cranston on Broad Street.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Pawtuxet Rangers and Mace Bearer Stephen McCartney helped start off the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade. Here, they’re presenting at the end of the route before the reviewing stand in Cranston on Broad Street.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Angelica Penta, Grand Marshal for the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade, with her husband, Mike Penta.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Angelica Penta, Grand Marshal for the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade, with her husband, Mike Penta.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Musket fire was a regular thrill for spectators during the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Musket fire was a regular thrill for spectators during the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.
[CREDIT: Gaspee Day Committee] Mayor Frank Picozzi during the 2021 Gaspee Day Parade.
[CREDIT: Gaspee Days Committee] Mayor Frank Picozzi during the 2021 Gaspee Days Parade.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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