Grand Marshals – 2021

Mayor Vigeant Announces “Marlborough Health Heroes” as the 2021 Marlborough Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals

This year Marlborough’s Community Health Heroes will be honored as Grand Marshals of the 69th Labor Day Parade scheduled for Monday, September 6th.

“We are excited that plans are underway for this year’s parade. The 2021 Marlborough Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals have proven to be Marlborough’s Community Health Heroes.  This year we are recognizing two of our important community resources, UMass/Marlborough Hospital and the Marlborough Board of Health staff. Throughout the pandemic, the UMass Memorial Health  Marlborough Hospital worked along with Health Director John Garside and his staff to provide testing and vaccines to our residents, demonstrating their commitment to healthcare and our community. Together they have taken the lead in keeping Marlborough and our surrounding communities informed” cited Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

“It has been a terrific collaboration between Marlborough Hospital, the City of Marlborough and the Marlborough Board of Health,” stated John Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, Marlborough Hospital. “Together, we joined forces to care for the residents and the impact we have made treating, testing and vaccinating has been tremendous.  We will continue to work together, and we are so fortunate to have such strong community partners.

Marlborough Hospital traces its roots to 1890, the year it was founded.  In 1913, the hospital moved to the current building on Union Street with subsequent expansion and renovations in 1952. In 1995 the hospital joined the UMass Medical Center and, in 1998 when UMass Medical Center and Memorial Hospital merged to become UMass Memorial Health Care, Marlborough Hospital’s patients had access to a wider network of physicians and technology. The financial strength of a large health care institution provided a broad range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical services and ancillary services to the community.  The hospital continues to expand and grow with the addition of the Cancer Center in 2013 and the new Women’s Imaging Center in 2020. The hospital is well known as a leader in cancer, cardiac, diagnostic imaging and emergency care.

“It is an honor to be selected as one of the Grand Marshals for this year’s parade. Throughout the last year and a half our office has worked collaboratively with the Mayor’s Office, various City departments and the UMass Memorial/Marlborough Hospital in responding to the pandemic. I look forward to a wonderful celebration that has been a tradition in Marlborough for almost 70 years,” said John Garside, Marlborough’s Public Health Director.

The Marlborough Board of Health met the challenge of the pandemic by reaching out to City officials, community leaders, local business owners and organizations and residents, providing information, guidance, and the tools required to navigate a sometimes-overwhelming flow of information.  The safety and care of our community was and continues to be their constant focus.

Therefore, Marlborough Hospital workers and members of the Marlborough Board of Health will be featured as the Grand Marshals of this, the 69th Marlborough Labor Day Parade.