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Needham sets parade date to welcome home Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  August 17, 2012 06:09 PM

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The town of Needham will officially welcome its native Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman home Aug. 26 with a parade and a rally, town officials said today.

The parade will start at 2 p.m., proceeding along Highland Avenue to Needham Town Hall, and then to Memorial Field for a rally, said Sandy Cincotta, a town support services manager.

Cincotta said specifics about the parade and rally will be settled next week, but said that many people were planning to come and wish Raisman well.

“It will be reminiscent of a small town homecoming, which we think is appropriate for Needham honoring one of its children,” she told the Globe previously.

The town has also ordered about 20 metal signs to put up around town reading a greeting along the lines of “Welcome to Needham, home of Aly Raisman.”

On Thursday, Raisman appeared at Brestyan's American Gymnastics Club in Burlington, where she trained for her London performances, to meet and greet young local aspiring gymnasts.

"I'm happy to be home,'' Raisman said at the event, adding that the past few days have been hectic.

The Needham native told reporters when her flight landed in Boston on Wednesday that she is surprised at her sudden fame from winning a bronze and two gold medals for her work this summer.

"It’s still a lot to take in,” Raisman said.

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