The 2009 Dorchester Day Parade was one of the better ones in recent memory. The sun shined the whole day with temperatures rising above 80 degrees. It was a gorgeous day for the onlookers, but probably a tad too hot for all the parade marchers. Keep in mind, the Dot Day parade starts in Lower Mills and ends at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road, right at the edge of the Polish Triangle.
For those not from the area, that’s a 3.5 mile trip down Dot Ave. Might not seem like that long of a trip, but many marchers were carrying signs or were dressed up (shirts, ties and not wearing sneakers makes for a bit of an arduous journey). Meanwhile, my shorts, sandals and t-shirt combination kept me cool but forgetting to put on sunscreen left me with some nice lobster red arms that I could cook on egg on.
Still, it was all worth it to get a chance to see local celebrities from Dorchester, like the honorary Mayor of Dot, Mr. Steve Bickerton Jr. and the classiest gal in town, Little Miss Dorchester, Aisling Mannion. The Whalehead King also noticed people swooning over Dot celebrities.
Show of force
Throughout the parade we saw many servicemen and women. From police in cars, motorcycles and bicycles, firetrucks, all the way to some heavy duty trucks from the Dorchester Armory. They all received some cheers but the Dot Armory convoy received possibly the loudest cheer of the day, with plenty of thank yous too.
Loved this guy’s sword. He was leading a group of Vietnamese soldiers. Wanted to ask him if I could hold it but honestly was a bit scared he’d chop me right in half to please the blood thirsty crowd.
Dot Diversityrecent editorial about Dot Day:
As we have said for years, Dorchester begins with a Capitol D — and that stands for Diversity — and that’s Dot’s biggest strength.
It really is. As you look at the marchers and watchers, no one is excluded. No matter the color of your skin, political alignment, sexual preference, profession, or socio-economic background, you’re welcome here in Dorchester. I love it, I really do. There’s no other place I’d rather have grown up in and the main reason is the diverse populace.
So to wrap up this post, here’s the Dot Day 2009 parade video playlist (also embedded below). You’ll get to see the Dot diversity in motion. More videos to come as the day goes. Also, there are nearly 200 photos in my 2009 Dorchester Day flickr set. Adam Gaffin from Universal Hub brings us more photos and videos from the Dot Day parade. The Dottie Hottie brings us a few pics from Dot Day 2009.
Where you at Dot Day 2009? What did you think of it? Where did you watch it from?
10 responses to “Dot Day 2009”
Thanks Jim. 🙂
good stuff as always Adam.. Great shots of the parade..
Thanks Chuck, it was a great time!
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Dorchester, Dorchester, uber alles.
The carribean dancers were different and oh so beautiful and to watch them dance with everyone it looked like they were having so much fun, it made us want to have fun and we did, they danced with the elderly as well as the young and boy can they move, I always wanted to see them but was afraid to go to the other part of town due to the violence but now I have a change of heart I recently learned they also do the cambridge carnival as well as boston and I am looking forward to going, thank you for the video
The Caribbean dancers were one of my favorite parts of the parade Nolisha. Very unique and the one massive costume was quite a sight to see.
Don’t be afraid of Dorchester though! Yes, there’s violence but there’s violence everywhere. Keep in mind that Dot has somewhere close to 100,000 residents, so the good and bad will be clustered around here. It’s not as bad as some of the media make it seem.
the shirt screams “Ow! My Balls!”
i saw it a Lower Mills, the day was nice, sun shinned all day. i wonder if parade marchers didnt feel it too hot.