2019 River Rat Parade lineup

  • You never know who will show up in the River Rat Parade. Darth Vader made an appearance with the YMCA "troops" at a past promenade down Main Street in Athol.

Published: 4/10/2019 3:58:05 PM

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Athol Fire Department and Athol and Orange Lions Clubs are pleased to present the lineup for this year’s River Rat Promenade. The parade includes seven divisions, 106 vehicles and over 750 marchers.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Mitch Grosky of Athol. Grosky has served as a teacher and principal for 40 years, the last 20 of those in Athol. He currently serves on the ARRSD school committee and is a former Athol Selectman. He has also been a member of the Athol Lions, Rotary, YMCA, AARP, AOTV and numerous other committees and organizations. He is also the owner of Mitchell R. Grosky Photogaphy and is a tireless promoter of the North Quabbin region. Grosky lives in Athol with his wife Anne.

The weather forecast for Saturday is mostly sunny, mild and 70 degrees so whether you’re marching or viewing, it should be a beautiful day. The promenade will begin right after the Big Cheese 5k at 9:30AM on School Street and turn left onto Main and finish at the Lord Pond Plaza near the carnival. Organizers and participants are looking forward to a big turnout and kicking off the weekend’s River Rat Race celebrations.

Members of the Athol Fire Department will be on hand again this year along the parade lineup area to guide everyone into position. Late entries are welcome and should proceed to the Riverbend School for placement on Saturday. Participants are asked to arrive at their division locations starting at 8:15AM. School Street will be closed at 8:00AM to regular traffic. Marchers may be dropped off at the CCD center or on the Congress Street side of Riverbend School.

DIVISION 1 (gather at Our Lady Immaculate Church)

Athol Police Cruiser

American Legion Post 102 Color Guard

Salvadore Automotive Group w/Grand Marshall Mitch Grosky

Athol Lion’s Club & the River Rat Mascot

Sen. Anne Gobi

Athol Board of Selectmen & Town Manager Shaun Suhoski

Athol Royalston Education Fund

Athol Royalston School Committee

Girardi Distributors

DIVISION 2 (line-up behind Division 1)

United ARC/GAAFSN

110 Grill Athol

Athol Credit Union

YMCA Camp Wiyaka and Youth Sports

The Dance Studio of Orange

Crossroads Church

Girls Scouts of America Daisy Troop 64942

Happy Helping Hands 4-H Club

DIVISION 3 (gather on School Street at Riverbend Street)

Orange Community Band

Athol Orange Baptist Church

North Quabbin Community Coalition and Recovery Center

Subway of Athol

Athol Mahar Youth Sports

Cub Scouts Pack 40 Orange

Bear Country 95.3

Pack 18 Cub Scouts

DIVISION 4 (Park Ave between School Street and Allen Street)

Red Apple Farm and Brew Barn

Phillipston Animal Control

Orange and Athol Farmers Markets

Roland Woodbury 1946 Ford Falcon

Miss Monet’s Dance Studio

7th Tennessee Co.D Liberty Greys

DIVISION 5 (Allen Street between Park Ave and into Riverbend School parking area)

Athol-Orange Eagles Riders

Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1

Boiler Bar & Grill

Orange Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

Charles Ballou 1939 Plymouth Coupe

& 1928 Chevrolet Rat Rod

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DIVISION 6 (School Street from Park Ave towards Main Street)

Bill Kessler 1941 Packard with Cpt. Bill Purple

Massachusetts Military History Expo

Wright’s Welding Race Team

Carra Landscaping

Pleasant View Waste Removal

DIVISION 7 (behind Division 6)

Petersham Police Cruiser

Gardner Police Department

Athol Fire

Orange Fire

New Salem Fire

Petersham Fire

Royalston Fire

Warwick Fire


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