This post was originally published on our sister site I Love New Haven
The Freddy Fixer Parade was back in full swing this year. So many people worked behind the scenes and on the front line, ensuring the event’s success. This vibrant parade, named after one of its founders, Mr. Frederick “Freddie Fixer” Smith, is a celebration of community pride, unity, and revitalization.
The Freddy Fixer Parade traces its origins back to 1962 when New Haven, like many urban centers, faced significant social and economic challenges. Freddy Fixer was a beloved community activist and leader. He recognized the need for positive change and decided to take action. He spearheaded a grassroots movement focused on cleaning up neglected neighborhoods. Mr Fixer hoped to improve living conditions, and instill a sense of pride and ownership within the community.
Here are some of the highlights of today’s parade. I put a link to an expanded album with all of the photos (444 of them!) at the bottom of this post. You’ll be able to download and use photos from that Freddie Fixer Parade gallery for personal use. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to use the images for commercial use.