Tribute To George E. Whapham

The success of the Marlborough Parade is due in large part to its volunteers. Annually the array of floats and bands magically make their way down the parade route.

However, there is little magic associated with the parade, but rather a tremendous cast of volunteers and a dedicated director that contribute to each year’s successful event. The efforts that go into making each parade a success are not visible to spectators, but are what has made the Marlborough Labor Day Parade spectacular for 71 years.

For 30 of the parade’s 71 years, George Whapham volunteered as parade director. While managing a large family and career, George annually set aside numerous hours to generously lend his spare time to plan and orchestrate each year’s parade. With George’s creativity and direction, the parade has become one of the top parade attractions in New England.

When George retired from his directing post in 2007, he continued to volunteer through 2017.

Sadly, George passed June 15, 2018.

George’s physical presence at the parade will be missed, however the 30+ year contribution he made to Marlborough’s wonderful community tradition will be felt at the 2018 parade and all those that follow.