Milton Wrath, a longtime Gaspee Days Committee volunteer, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 47th annual Gaspee Days Parade, parade chair Jerry Peloso has announced.
Wrath joined the Gaspee Days Committee in 1973 and has worked consistently with the group for the past 39 years. When he was asked why he is involved with Gaspee Days, his response was he “loves the parade.” Milton loves the parade so much his license plate reads Gaspee.
Peloso felt that Wrath “is probably the most deserving Gaspee volunteer I know and it was an honor to have him accept. No one Gaspee volunteer has donated as much of his time and patience to this committee.”
Wrath has organized the parade no less than eight times. Wrath ran his first parade in 1976 celebrating the burning of the HMS Gaspee, along with our nation’s bicentennial. Out of eight parades under his watch, only the parade in 1982 had to be canceled due to heavy rain. Milton’s commitment to a perfect and sunny parade day might have been due the fact that he selected local TV meteorologists as grand marshals.
Over the 39 years, Wrath has marched in many Gaspee Days parades; at least eight times as the parade chair, several times as the Gaspee Days Committee president, several times as the spouse of a Gaspee Days Committee president, sometimes as a Pawtuxet Ranger and for 16 years as the macebearer for the parade.
Wrath’s name has become synonymous with the word Gaspee. He insists that the parade step off precisely at 10 a.m., even if a few late running governors had to jump in.
The 47th annual Gaspee Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 9 along Narragansett Parkway, Warwick into Broad Street, Cranston. For more information, go to www.gaspee.com.