, Newburyport, MA

July 29, 2013

Yankee Homecoming notebook

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Marchers sought for parade

The Yankee Homecoming parade organizers are looking for participants. Organizers are looking for 35 people in a single group who would like to walk in the parade and help carry banners while earning some extra money.

This year, the committee is again offering $350 to a group that is able to provide 35 individuals to carry the banners in the annual parade. These banners, which help support the various sponsors for the parade, allow the holders a chance to see the parade up front and help the community.

Any group that can bring this number of people and will be available from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, should contact Robin Johnson at 978-255-2251 or email

Raffle for fireworks show

Yankee Homecoming organizers are collecting donations for the annual fireworks display.

The popular fireworks show costs more than $35,000 and is supported through donations and fundraising. This year, it is set for Saturday, Aug. 3.

The group is selling tickets for its annual raffle to support the fireworks. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry office at 38R Merrimac St. First prize is $1,500 and second prize is $500. Five $100 prizes will also be awarded.

Donations may also be sent to Yankee Homecoming Committee, P.O. Box 493, Newburyport.

For more information on Yankee Homecoming or to see the schedule of events, visit

Unnamed Colors makes its debut tomorrow

The Newburyport band Unnamed Colors will make its official debut tomorrow with a performance on Inn Street from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The group, originally a local duo known as Sierra and Andrew, performs melodic rock among other genres of music.

Local musicians will perform throughout the downtown all week, including in Market Square, on the Inn Street stage and in Market Landing Park.

Slow Bike Race

There’s been some confusion over the location of Wednesday’s slow bike race, primarily because it has changed its location. The race will be at Brown Square, across from City Hall. Unlike every other race you may have entered, in this one you win if you come in last place. There are plenty of thrills and spills; however, they occur in super slow motion. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the races start at 6 p.m.

Crowded weekend

Saturday’s perfect weather brought huge crowds to Newburyport, and even though Sunday seemed to threaten rain all day, that didn’t seem to deter visitors.

Olde Fashioned Sunday had a good showing, particularly for the premiere of its wrestling event. And very large crowds turned out on Saturday to catch the opening day events and to enjoy a pleasant summer day in the city.