Happy Thanksgiving from the members of the Dorchester Day Parade Committee.

The 2015 Dorchester Day Parade Participation Forms for elected officials, non-profit organizations, and performing groups to be in the Dorchester Day Parade are now available online. The Dorchester Day Parade is taking place on Sunday, June 7th and the forms can be downloaded at www.dotdayparade.com.


The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is proud to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Young and Little Miss Dorchester Contests. The new Little Miss Dorchester is Eleanor Moye-Gibbons and the new Young Miss Dorchester is Gina Cruz. 

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee is hosting its 3rd annual art contest open to all Dorchester residents in the 3rd through 6th grade or students that attend a Dorchester school. Two (2) prizes will be awarded to the drawings that are chosen from a panel of local judges. The entry forms are available at http://dotdayparade.com/forms/2014/14ArtContest.pdf. 
A completed registration form and Art must be postmarked by May 27, 2014 to be considered for a prize.
Mayor of Dorchester Candidate Erin Murphy is hosting a Karaoke Night on May 10th at St. Brendan’s Church in Father Lane Hall (15 Rita Road). Doors open at 7:00PM.  Come have a fun night with friends and neighbors at the same time you are supporting Erin and the Dorchester Day Parade Committee! Joey McEarchern is the guest DJ and cost of admission is $25 at the door.
The next Dorchester Day Parade Committee meeting is taking place this Wednesday, April 16th at 7 P.M.

The committee will be meeting at the Ramada Inn located at 800 Morrissey Blvd in the breakfast room. We will be reviewing the 2014 Mayor of Dorchester contest, discuss upcoming committee events, and look at the upcoming parade. 

At this meeting, the Parade Committee will showcase a time capsule sealed from over 25 years ago! Back in 1988, the Dorchester Allied Veterans Council presented a time capsule of Dorchester mementos including photos, letters, videotape and other materials commemorating local citizens and events, including the Dorchester Day Parade. The Parade Clerk at the time, John Harold, gave the key to his daughter and sent the capsule over to the MA Archives over at Umass Boston. e Clerk at the time, John Harold, gave the key to his daughter and sent the capsule over to the Massachusetts Archives by UMass Boston. We picked up the capsule and Kathy Dana (Harold) is brining the key. Come join us at the dinner and let's see what we find....

For those of you who were able to join us last month, we opened the capsule at the Annual Meatloaf Dinner.

We hope you can join us at the parade meeting.

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Dorchester Day Parade Meatloaf Dinner held at the First Parish Church. You helped make the Kick-off of the Dorchester Day Parade season a huge success!

Thank you Rev. Arthur R. Lavoie for the blessing and as always, Gerard’s meatloaf is the best in town and was enjoyed by all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boston Fire Department and the family of the two heroes that lost their lives doing their job to protect us. We were honored to invite the firefighters from Meetinghouse Hill to come have dinner with us, but completely understand their not taking us up on the offer.

Thank you to all the Parade Committee members who helped out at the event. I can’t forget Mike Pratt, John Scannell and Ann Haywood for entertaining us with some wonderful musical numbers.  

Thank you Boston City Councilor Frank Baker, 13th Suffolk State Representative Democratic nominee Daniel Hunt, 5th Suffolk State Representative Candidates - Evandro Carvalho and Barry Lawton for stopping to support the Parade Committee.

Congratulations to the 2014 Essay Contest Winners: first place - Aedan Harasymiw and second place - Lilian Nguyen. The contest was sponsored again this year by the Dorchester Reporter. 

We were honored to have John Harold’s daughter (Kathy Dana) and her family come to the dinner. They opened up a time capsule that John Harold and the Dorchester Allied Veterans Council, Dorchester Day Parade and Celebrations Committees placed at the Massachusetts Archives over 25 years ago. For those who are interested in seeing what was in the capsule, we will be bringing the contents to the next Parade Committee meeting on April 16th. Don’t fret if you can’t make the meeting, we will bring it around to some upcoming Dorchester Day Parade  events. 

Speaking about events, please don’t forget to vote for Dorchester’s best chili at the Chili Cook-Off happening on Sunday, March 30th from 4-7 P.M. at the IBEW located at 256 Freeport Street. Admission is $20 per person / $30 for a family of four ($5 each additional child). Proceeds benefit the Dorchester Day Parade.

Thank you to Erin Murphy who is running for Mayor of Dorchester.  Please join us on wishing her well on her race and offer any support you can.

For more information about the Dorchester Day Parade Committee and the events leading up to the parade, please visit: www.dotdayparade.com

The Dorchester Day Parade Committee’s Annual Kick-Off Meatloaf Dinner takes place on Thursday, March 27th at 6:30 PM.

Come join your neighbors and friends at the First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 to celebrate the commencement of the 2014 Dorchester Day festivities. Support the Dorchester Day Parade while enjoying Gerard’s famous meatloaf, musical entertainment and the awarding of the 2014 Parade Committee Essay Contest.

TICKETS are available at the door!!!

$15 for adults / $7 for children or $30 for a family of 4.

All proceeds go towards the Dorchester Day Parade Committee.

For additional information, please call Ed Geary, Jr at (617) 265-5376.

The next Dorchester Day Parade Committee meeting is taking place this Tuesday, February 25th at 7 P.M.

The committee will be meeting at the Ramada Inn located at 800 Morrissey Blvd in the breakfast room. We will be reviewing 2014 Chief Marshal Nominations, the 2014 Mayor of Dorchester contest, and discuss upcoming committee events. 

As we gear up for nice weather and as the Dorchester events start, please save the date for the annual Meatloaf Kick-off Dinner on March 27th at the First Parish Church at 6:30 P.M.

We hope you can join us at the parade meeting and in March for the Kick-off.
As we gear up for the 2014 Dorchester Day Parade, the parade participation forms are now available - ONLINE. If you participated in the parade last year, forms will be mailed out to you shortly. To speed up the process or if this is your first time participating in the parade, please download the forms from of the committee website at: www.dotdayparade.com. Click on the "Parade Forms" tab and download the necessary form you need. Please fill out the form and mail or fax it back to us. It is as easy as that !!!! Any questions please feel free to contact the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. We all look forward to a great 2014 Dorchester Day Parade with our new Mayor, Dorchester's Marty Walsh...    
We hope you enjoyed the 109th Dorchester Day Parade on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

After a few weeks rest, the parade committee will be gearing up for next year.

Want to become a member of the committee? Interested in helping as a parade volunteer for 2014? Please contact us at info@dotdayparade.com for more details.
Find out how YOU can support your Dorchester Day Parade!!!!