MIDDLETOWN -- The Aquidneck Island National Police Parade returns this Sunday, May 6 for its 29th consecutive year.
Stepping off from Two-Mile Corner in Middletown, the parade coincides with the national recognition of Police Week, which honors law enforcement members, past and present, and pays special tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
This year's parade salutes Grand Marshall Robert “Papa” Shaw from the New England C.O.P.S.(Concerns of Police Survivors) organization.
The event, which normally draws a crowd of about 70,000 spectators, features over 4,000 participants from as far away as Iowa, Illinois, and Canada. It's scheduled to step off promptly at 11:50 a.m. Sunday.
Motorists should expcet detours along West Main Road and Broadway leading up to, and during the parade, and parking restrictions will be in force.
Originally conceived in the 1960’s, the National Police Week Parade was formed in East Providence and was sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge. However, after several years, the parade was discontinued before being revived by members of Aquidneck Island's three police departments.