The YWCA Push-n-Pull Parade will celebrate its seventh year Monday.

The annual patriotic parade of children riding bikes, scooters, wagons or any nonmotorized vehicle steps off at 10:30 a.m. sharp from Goodwives Shopping Center, where Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children will entertain the waiting crowd starting at 10 a.m. The parade travels down the Post Road and ends in Tilley Pond Park, where food vendors and live entertainment will be available.

Uncle Sam, local and state elected officials and an authentic fife and drum corps will lead the parade, which draws 3,000 local residents. Fire trucks and the Darien Sport Shop's smart car will take up the rear of the parade. Thirsty dogs can find refreshment at a watering station in Tilley Park provided by Pawprint Market.

This event is always free. A suggested donation of $10 per family will be accepted at Tilley Park and will directly benefit the community work of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk. The Darien Sport Shop is the title sponsor of the event for the sixth straight year, and the YWCA thanks its additional sponsors: Darien Rowayton Bank, The Melting Pot Restaurant, Darien Youth Commission, DCBleu, East Coast Irrigation, The Healthy Child, The Little Gym, David M. Osherow, D.D.S., REI, Rowatyon Pizza, Vernal's Service Station, Whole Foods Market and the Darien Parks & Recreation Department. Media sponsors include New Canaan Darien Magazine and The Darien News.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. Its national mission, eliminating racism and empowering women, translates locally into a vision to create opportunities for growth, leadership and empowerment for all women and families.

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