Derby Day returns after a two-year hiatus

DERBY – The city will party for three years – complete a runway show and a dunk tank – when Derby Day returns on June 25.

The all-day event takes place on the Derby Green from 11am to 5pm. It’s the first Derby Day since 2019.

Derby Culture Commissioner Susan Lanzaro-Schroeder said this year’s Derby Day will have an international theme, including a fashion show where contestants will parade clothes from other countries. The unofficial theme of the day is strengthening cultural awareness, Lanzaro-Schroeder said.

“We want to raise awareness, bring culture and diversity and a sense of well-being and togetherness, all culminating on June 25, at Derby Day,” Lanzaro-Schroeder said. She added that many townspeople attended the day, which was a good opportunity to learn about each other’s roots.

The fashion show previously took place in 2019. But this year’s theme will have participants dressed in clothing representing countries in Europe, Africa and elsewhere. Those interested in attending can drop by Wednesday night’s commission meetings to discuss stage directions and costumes. First prize is a $100 gift card to the Likoba Boutique in Derby. Second, third and fourth prize winners will receive a $25 boutique gift card.

Catholic War Veterans Post 1562 will operate a food stall and other local businesses will offer children’s games.

There will also be an art exhibition for adults and the Derby Police Dept. will operate a diving tank for a chance to sink a cop. Derby firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate CPR.

Lanzaro-Schroeder said the fair would look more like a classic Americana as children now have more space to play around with vendors on the street. That will leave the green mostly open, she said.

“It’s really different this year. It’s going to be more of a Norman Rockwell feel,” she said.

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