Town’s float wins top award at parade


Dominick Sample, Claire Abate, First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Town Clerk and 375th Anniversary Committee co-chair Betsy Browne ride the town’s anniversary float, which took top prize at the Barnum Festival Great Street Parade.

Fairfield’s 375th anniversary float won the Grand Marshal’s Award at the  annual Barnum Festival Great Street Parade.

In honor of the town’s anniversary, a float was created and featured at this year’s parade. The float depicted a saltbox that was burned by the British in 1779. The float commemorates the fate of many homes of the settlers in the “four squares” of Fairfield.

The award-winning float was designed by architect and resident Jack Franzen and was built in cooperation with 375th Anniversary Committee member and 2013 Fairfielder of the Year award winner Jeanne Harrison,  the Department of Public Works and many volunteers who donated their time and talents.

Accompanying the float were 375th Anniversary Committee co-chair and Town Clerk Betsy Browne and Claire Abate, Matthew Chrismer, Dominick Sample and Lisa Sxudora, who represented children of the American Revolution.

“The Fairfield 375th anniversary float was a big hit in the Barnum Festival Great Street Parade,” Browne said. “Spectators along the parade route cheered us on and shouted their happy birthday wishes.”

“I am so proud our town won this special award and had the opportunity to highlight this year’s big anniversary at this popular parade,” said First Selectman Michael Tetreau, who marched in the parade. “I am thankful to everyone who worked on the float and also appreciate our entire 375th Anniversary Committee for making this a special and memorable year for our community.”

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