Newington Chamber Classic Car Show & Business Parade | CT
Every year in early June, the Newington Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Classic Car parade in downtown Newington, CT. It’s an event that car enthusiasts and the public alike look forward to and it’s a great start to the summer fun season. 2020 brought MANY changes to that fun with the arrival of COVID-19 in March and the swift closure of non-essential businesses and most major events. Although Connecticut was proactive in initial containment, most outdoor events of large groups was cancelled well in advance of the summer to ensure safety of the public. But the Chamber still wanted to find a way to bring some fun to the community. So as part of the committee, we came up with changing the event to the Newington Chamber Classic Car Show & Business Parade instead! With the blessing and support (thank you!) of Chief Stephen Clark and the Newington Police Department, a route and plan were put together. Fittingly, on my birthday (June 13th), we were treated to a gorgeous blue-sky day and a HUGE showing of classic cars, and small businesses that joined to sponsor their own decorated vehicles as part of a fundraiser for the Chamber! Your’s truly even put together a camera with working flash that wow’d spectators! It was amazing to see how many came together with such creativity to put on a wonderful parade for our town. Seeing people lining the street and waving as we passed and smiling about looking forward to something fun was such a pleasure! After 3 months mostly at home, I think everyone was happy to be outside watching the old cars pass by. We are already talking about doing it again (or some variation) next year as well! Thank you to all of the classic car owners and small businesses that made this such a special event. Here are just some of the images from the parade (I even took photos from my car as we passed by). More on my Facebook page!
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