During his last birthday celebration, held in Ayer, Bravaro said, the 84-year-old Trailer still enchanted his now-adult audience. “People were lined up like kids meeting Santa Claus,” Bravaro said.
In Natick, this year’s parade almost didn’t happen.
According to Sullivan, organizers were suffering from burnout. When it was announced the parade would be canceled, however, supporters rallied and volunteers began coming out of the woodwork. As a result, the parade committee was revitalized.
Speaking at a fund-raiser last week for Natick Friends of the 4th, town resident John Jennings said his family always looked for Rex Trailer at the Independence Day parade.
“It will be sad he won’t be there,” he said.
Bravaro spoke about Trailer’s appearance at the Natick parade last year, when a rainy day had a lot of people worried that it would be canceled.
John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@ gmail.com.