There is plenty going on in Marlborough this weekend to warrant you eschewing the long weekend escape and enjoying the city.
Among the events happening this weekend are the Grecian Festival, the 61st Annual Labor Day Parade, and the Lions Bed Race.
The Grecian Festival will run all weekend at Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church with food and live entertainment.
A few of the highlights from the weekend will be:
- Lamb Kebab, a Gyro station and Baklava
- Music from the Makredes Ensemble on Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- Mainland Dances at 3 p.m. on Saturday
- Singer Dimitra Aristidou accompanying the Anemos Band on Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m.
The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and until 6 p.m. on Monday. There is free admission to this event that will run rain or shine.
The 61st Marlborough Labor Day Parade is a signature event of the city. This year's theme is "Volunteers in Service." The parade will run down Main Street beginning at noon on Labor Day. Parking restrictions will be in place to allow the smooth flow of the parade.
The parade was founded in 1952 by Mayor Romeo J. Gadbois. That first parade was made up of 12 marching units. Since then, the parade has grown to include over 150 bands, floats, and other entries.
The parade is a volunteer effort and funded through donations.
Early in the morning on Labor Day the Lions Club will be holding their Lions Bed Race on Main Street. The bed race, as you can see in this 2009 Youtube clip, involves teams racing down the street making and unmaking hospital beds. The event is a fundraiser for the Lions.