(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)
Hundreds lined Dorchester Avenue Sunday to catch a glimpse of the Dorchester Day Parade, the annual celebration of everything Dorchester.
Long time resdients, newcomers and tourists turned out to watch the floats, dancers, and musicians parade down the 3.2-mile route, braving a little rain to make the trek from Lower Mills to Savin Hill.
“Every Dorchester Day is one of my fondest memories,” said Jim Barry, a Dorchester native and Drum Leader of the Boston Police Gaelic Column. “To march down Dot [Dorchester] Ave. and be marching by my mom, my sisters, and my nieces is a great honor.”
Held on the first Sunday in June the parade commemorates a neighborhood founded nearly 400 years ago and gives residents a chance to kickback have a few beers and celebrate one of Boston’s largest and most diverse areas.
“It feels really good to be out in the street with everybody from Dorchester,” said William Droser, aka "Parade Guy." “We may have our petty, small differences, but on Dorchester Day it doesn’t matter because we are all one neighborhood. We’re the biggest and the best neighborhood in the city and that’s why Dorchester Day is the best.”
Sunday’s parade had a little bit of everything, from marching bands to martial arts, and really extolled the diversity and community of the neighborhood.
“It’s a great day because we get to celebrate this amazing neighborhood,” said Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (Dorchester). “I just really enjoy getting to see friends and family and seeing folks from Dorchester come back and I think that’s a beautiful thing.”
Sunday’s parade, which began in the afternoon and came to a close in the early evening, has been an institution in the neighborhood with generations turning out for the yearly Dorchester extravaganza.
The parade may be the highlight of the month for many, but Sunday’s events were just a fraction of the Dorchester Day events that took place this year, from the Parade of Seniors to the Dorchester Chili Cook-off.