Dorchester Day Parade

Mayor of Dorchester contest seeks candidates

Dorchester Day Parade Committee— 2011 Mayor of Dorchester Contest Announcement
Come One, Come All, Dorchester residents to campaign to be the next honorary Mayor of Dorchester.
The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is looking for a few good neighbors to compete for the bestowed title as the honorary Mayor of Dorchester. The winner will receive the coveted Mayor’s medallion and will be the honorary mayor for one year.
The Mayor will also walk at the front of the parade on Sunday, June 5, 2011 and will be invited to participate in all of the Dorchester Day events for 2011.  Read more

Election year ups dose of parade politics

“The Dorchester Day Parade is not about the politicians,” said Kevin McCrea, a mayoral candidate, as he walked along Dorchester Ave. on Sunday, waving and shaking hands.

Behind him a woman carrying a banner for Dorchester’s First Baptist Church begged to disagree.

“Yes it is!” she yelled.  Read more

Our greatest virtues on parade

This weekend, the big Dorchester Day parade will bring thousands onto our neighborhood streets in celebration of the great values and history of our community.

The big parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Lower Mills, following Dot from our southern boundary with Milton to near the South Boston border at Columbia Road. Along the way, the marchers will traverse many of the diverse urban villages that enhance the richness the neighborhood.  Read more

Parade has long history for Chief Marshal Joe Chaisson

Joe Chaisson, neighborhood activist and lifelong Dorchester resident, is the 2008  Dorchester Day Parade's Chief Marshal. At 76, he turns to the proverbial rocking chair and says "I'm not getting into you," choosing instead civic duties to stay young. Chaisson has been a fixture at Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association meetings for decades and has run the Dorchester Day Salute to Seniors since 1993.  Read more