Forestville Memorial Day Parade returning after two-year absence, organizers seeking community's help

Published on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 11:12


BRISTOL – The Forestville Memorial Day Parade is set to return this year after two years without, and organizers are looking for the community’s help in making it a success.

The parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 209, has been set for Sunday, May 29 starting at 1:30 p.m., with a rain date of Monday, May 30 at the same time.

The parade is being chaired by Brian Avery, commander of American Legion Post 209, who is looking for members of the community and local businesses to help fund the event.

“After two years of the Forestville Village Memorial Day Parade being canceled because of the coronavirus, funding is at an all-time low,” Avery said. “American Legion Post 209 and the Forestville Village Association are doing everything we can to revive the Memorial Day Parade for the people of Bristol and Forestville, but we’re starting back from square one.”

Avery said he began the fundraising campaign Tuesday and it is now going “full speed ahead.”

“Parades are super expensive and we need help with funding to keep this parade alive,” Avery said. “If the Memorial Day Parade is important to the community, donations will help us to keep it going for years to come and make it better than ever.”

In addition to financial support, Avery is also looking for people who wish to be part of this year’s Forestville Memorial Day Parade. Those who are interested can email Avery at

If people wish to support the Forestville Memorial Day Parade financially, they can send a check to American Legion Post 209, PO Box 9408, Forestville, CT 06011. Those who mail out checks are asked to notate “In care of parade” on the envelope, since American Legion Post 209 is also conducting a fundraising campaign for its annual Fishing Derby.

For more information on American Legion Post 209, visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 11:12. Updated: Wednesday, 2 March 2022 11:14.