Thanks to the Bedford Historical Society for this digitized 2002 videotape of a steam locomotive on what has become the Depot Park platform, and footage of the 2002 Bedford Day parade. The parade begins at about 5 minutes into the video with Police and Fire Department sirens screaming, and BHS cheerleaders riding atop the ladder truck.
Dignitaries marching past the old Sheldon Block across from Bedford Common include the late Selectmen Gordon Feltman and Sheldon Moll, and folks who’ve since moved away including Police Chief Jim Hicks and School Committee member Denise Waldron.
The Citizen of the Year was none other than current Historical Society President Don Corey.
Although video quality has improved immeasurably over the past 17 years, the Bedford Day parade is remarkably unchanged: Political Town Committees and candidates; the JROTC marching unit; band music; community group representatives; and scores of kids (marching and scrambling for candy thrown by other marchers!)
Fast forward to the present: The 2019 parade steps off from Loomis Street at 10:30 am on Saturday morning, September 21, with Citizen of the Year Jeffrey Hoyland near the head of the line of march.