In 2020, the town of Wallingford was set to celebrate 350 years since its incorporation in 1670. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic delayed the celebration for two whole years. On June 18th the town of Wallingford was finally able to celebrate on a cool, breezy day — perfect weather for the long-anticipated parade.
The two-mile route was filled with over two thousand marchers from companies and community organizations across Wallingford. Ulbrich was a major sponsor and one of the leaders of the parade with CEO, Chris Ulbrich as the Grand Marshal, sitting in style alongside wife Tammie, VP of Strategic Initiatives for the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, in a bright red 1963 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. Following behind was a special guest, Maverick from Top Gun Impersonator, on an aerospace inspired float, as well as the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club float, along with several Ulbrich employees and Community Outreach Team members marching with their families and passing out goodie bags to onlookers.
As the Ulbrich crew rounded the corner at the intersection of Center and N. Main Street, parade presenter Tony Terzi stood up on the stage and proudly announced the entire Ulbrich team saying,
“Thank you for all you guys do for the town of Wallingford!”
Among the other parade marchers were several organizations that Ulbrich has worked with for many years, such as the Spanish Community of Wallingford, the Wallingford Family YMCA, Wallingford Public Schools, and parade hosts: the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce and The Wallingford 350 committee. Others along the parade route included The Trail of Terror, the Wallingford Library, Shriners, the Polish National Alliance, several drum and fife corps, and Mayor Dickinson at the front standing with Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and other local and Connecticut state officials.
Just as the parade was finishing, rain began to fall and the Ulbrich team and their family members traveled to the Ulbrich Specialty Strip Mill. There, they refueled with delicious catering courtesy of Zandri’s and listened to a DJ.
The celebration didn’t stop there. The Jubilee Celebration continued throughout the week with many events including a Juneteenth Observance Ceremony, several historical and walking tours, a dinner and a gala, capped off with a spectacular fireworks display!
Ulbrich’s roots are deeply planted in Wallingford, CT, and it was a pleasure to sponsor the town’s 350th+2 Anniversary Jubilee Parade! The Ulbrich team will cherish our presence at the parade and the following events for years to come as a major highlight of our community involvement.
Special thanks to all those who worked hard to make this event one to remember!
- Tim, Justin, and TR Keogh, Image 360 Float Builders
- The Wallingford 350 Committee
- Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
- Ulbrich Community Outreach Team
- John Tangredi, Ulbrich Photographer
- Bruce Snyder, Ulbrich Videographer
- Ed Girard, Slideshow Photos Contributor
- Bill Renda, CREATIVE LANDSCAPES, LLC
- Maverick Celebrity Impersonator (@californiatopgunmaverick via Instagram)
- Zandri's Catering Service Inc.
For more Wallingford 350+2 Jubilee Parade coverage, visit myrecordjournal.com.