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trike up the band! MCC has
turned "the big 4-0" and to
celebrate we participated in two
parades this fall.
An energetic group of students, staff
and faculty (some wearing graduation
caps and gowns) marched down Great
Road in September as part of the
annual Bedford Day Parade.
In late November, another college
contingent (accessorized in red) hit
the streets of downtown Lowell for the
City of Lights Parade. The Middlesex
marchers walked beside our first
parade float a giant lighted MCC
logo. The group fell in line behind this
year's Grand Marshal: MCC President
Carole Cowan.
Cowan was named Grand Marshal in
honor of her 20 years as president of
the college, and in celebration of
MCC's 40th anniversary. Her official
naming ceremony took place at a
Lowell City Hall press conference with
city officials, Santa Claus and Lowla
Bear, mascot of Lowell's Winterfest, in
The town of Bedford doesn't have a
big, white bear on call, so MCC's
Mary-Jo Griffin brought her own
canine mascot the family boxer to
Bedford Day.
This was the first time Middlesex
made an appearance in these popular
local parades. Under the direction of
MCC Parade Committee including:
Jonathan Crockett, Mary-Jo Griffin,
Rebecca Newell, and Alice Rouse,
they pulled together folks from all over
the campus to populate our parade
entries. Members of the Middlesex
Facilities Department built the Greek
temple-inspired float.
The MCC marchers walked behind
our 40th anniversary banner, were
followed by a Middlesex truck (which
also sports the 40th logo), and carried
spectacular cut-paper banners, created
by Pei Lin, a graduate of MCC's
Studio Art Program, with help from
Art Professor Margaret Swan. They
tossed Middlesex chocolates, with
wrappers designed and printed in-
house, and other college "goodies" to
the cheering crowds.
After two such rousing successes, can
Macy's or the Rose Parade be far
Kathy Register
Middlesex Loves a Parade (or Two)
Carole Cowan with Lowla Bear at the press conference
announcing the Grand Marshal.
MCC's Mary-Jo Griffin and her own canine mascot with
Alice Rouse.
photo courtesy of Lowell Sun