'Revere' at Town Hall in 2022 ...

A rider playing Paul Revere arrives at Town Hall April 18. / Michelle Deakin photo
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UPDATED April 22: The pandemic deprived Arlington of its annual celebration of patriotic history for two years, but part of it is galloping back.

The impact of Covid-19 has lessened enough to allow on Patriots Day residents to greet horseback riders reenacting Paul Revere and Williams Dawes’s famous ride, warning, “The Regulars are coming!” The event, on Monday, April 18, at Town Hall started at 11 a.m. Riders were expected around noon.


At Dallin Museum beforehand >>


For the third year, no parade was held. Asked why, Christine Bongiorno, director of health and human services, told YourArlington on April 4 that planning for the parade takes 12 months and includes seeking sponsors to pay for the more than $30,000 in parade expenses, organizing about 100 groups and volunteers to participate.

"Unfortunately, over the past two years HHS staff have been solely focused on pandemic response, and this event had to be put on hold," she wrote. "We hope to plan a parade in a future year."

Michelle Deakin, of the Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee (ATED), provided the good news: "While awaiting the riders, you’re invited to join the activities -- crafts, making festive signs to greet the riders, snacks and a scavenger hunt. 

Parade from above in 2019 ...

Using a drone while volunteering for ACMi, Cam Rogers shoots the 2019 Patriots Day parade from above.
Using a drone while volunteering for ACMi, Cam Rogers shoots the 2019 Patriots Day parade from above.
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Del's Lemonade, with a store at Brattle Square, is also expected to offer its Rhode Island-based signature drink.
 
Come and greet the riders as they revive this wonderful tradition. It recalls the events of April 18, 1775, as locals were warned before the British advanced through what was then Menotomy and went on to the bridge beyond Concord and what became the green at Lexington -- and the Revolutionary War.

Learn more and follow all the festivities on social media. Follow the riders on Twitter @greetriders (Menotomy’s Waiting). Follow ATED @ExploreArlingtonMA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The celebration is sponsored by ATED: Explore Arlington MA 

ACMi News Director Jeff Barndt reports about Patriots Day at Town Hall:


OLD PHOTOS: 1957 parade | 1975 | 1925 | 1896 | NEW PHOTOS: REENACTMENT, PARADE


March 22, 2019: Patriots Day in 2019: Last time parade held

Feb.-April: 2018 Patriots Day: No ride for Revere, Dawes, but parade goes on
Jan.-April 2017: How this year's Patriots Day Parade looked to me
April 18, 2016: Patriots Day Parade marches again after a year of
April 4, 2015: No Patriots Day parade, but look at what was held
2012 parade honors Greeley family

This news announcement was published Monday, April 4, 2022, and updated April 22, to add ACMi video.