‘Dot Days’ — Weekend celebration draws huge crowds

Members of the national championship-winning Boston Raiders cheer squad danced their way through Fields Corner. Photos by Seth Daniel.

The Dorchester Day Parade travelled up Dorchester Avenue under sunny, blue skies on Sunday afternoon with folks lining the route all the way.

After the dreary weather during last year’s parade weekend, Dorchester residents past and present were primed for a lively afternoon along the avenue. The Blarney Stone Dot Day 5K, which organizers say drew a record turnout, was coordinated by the Dorchester Running Club and got the fun started in the late morning, making its way along the parade route from Fields Corner to Lower Mills and back.

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The parade was to kick off at 1 p.m. at Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street, but it got off to a late start. However, things got back in line and the parade proceeded all the way to Columbia Road. Mayor Wu, a group of elected and administration officials, Dot Mayor Maeghan Driscoll, and Grand Marshall Jeff Buckley led off the procession.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester (BGCD) staged a big showing to kick off the celebration of their 50th anniversary with their Baton and Dance Team, and the Kenny School Elementary Marching Band made a notable appearance under the direction of longtime band leader Jerry Chu.

Wu, Driscoll, and Buckley stopped in Fields Corner to lay a wreath as a memorial to fallen veterans from Dorchester, per tradition, and Little Miss Dorchester Nicole Adkins and Young Miss Dorchester Isabella Robbins greeted the gatherings along the route.

The Boston Little Saigon Cultural District and several Vietnamese American entries were warmly welcomed as they arrived in Fields Corner, and the Dorchester-based baton group Estrellas Tropicales – now 51 years old - kept everyone moving on the beat.

Honorary Dorchester Mayor Maeghan Driscoll, second from right, fired off a squirt gun while her many friends in cowboy boots took aim.

Finian Doyle finished first in the Dot Day 5K for the 10 and under division, while his brother Francis took second. Their father, Jim Doyle, had a good run in the adult division.

Little Miss Dorchester Nicole Adkins.

Nylah Randolph of the 51-year-old Estrellas Tropicales baton team based out of Franklin Field.

Young people and staff from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester (BGCD) carried their banner proudly as the organization kicked off its 50-year anniversary celebration.

Four Star Dancers performed a Caribbean dance routine.

The Thomas J. Kenny Marching Band, the only BPS elementary school marching band, was a hit with parade-goers.

Shirley Jones was all smiles on the parade route marching with Meeting House Hill Civic Association.

Councillor at Large Henry Santana, of Dorchester.

The contingent with the Boston Little Saigon Cultural District promenade in front of the District’s headquarters.

Members of the Dorchester Baseball league panned for the camera as they marched up Dorchester Avenue.

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