Parade chairwoman Ann Marie Mullen, Ward 1 Councilman Steve Colantuono and Assistant Harbormaster Bill Plumb had the honors of torching the ship.
Grand Marshal of the parade, Earle Salisbury, waves to the crowd Saturday morning.
LEADING THE PARADE: The Pawtuxet Rangers with Commanding Officer Ronald Barnes showing the way led off the parade Saturday morning on Narragansett Parkway in Warwick.
PARADE MACE BEARER: A Marine veteran of Iwo Jima, Tad Comstock of Exeter, N.H., holds the Rhode Island Mace as he drives with his daughter, Janet Russell, in the 49th annual Gaspee Day parade. The mace supposedly contains wood from the Gaspee that was burned by colonists 242 years ago. (Warwick Beacon photos by John Howell)
RIGHT IN TUNE: Kaleigh Marcott of the Warwick Veterans Band plays her flute while marching.
PLENTY OF WAVES: Gaspee Days Committee president Erin Flynn waves to thousands of spectators. Next year the committee celebrates the 50th anniversary of the celebration.
SHRINER: Audiences reach out to greet a driver in his go-kart. At left below, Emmelyn Sangler leaves the parade with an inflatable mermaid as a remembrance of this yearâ€™s Gaspee Days parade.
SERIOUSMARCHER: An intense Richard Lufkin marches in the parade.
A symbolic burning and a colonial encampment concluded the Gaspee Days month-long celebration on Sunday afternoon on the Pawtuxet Cove.