NORWAY – A group of Special Olympians from the Progress Center in Norway will be the grand marshals of Saturday’s Show Your Colors parade.

The All-American Celebration on June 28 will be highlighted by the parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. from lower Beal Street and ends at Advertiser Square at the head of Main Street.

“These kids work really, really hard,” said Norway Business Association President Sharon Bouchard. “I think they need more recognition than they get. If they can show off all their medals, it’s a good opportunity.”

The athletes recently came back from a successful summer Olympics at the University of Maine in Orono, where they competed with other Special Olympians from across the state.

“They train hard to get ready for these games. We’re so proud of their efforts and their achievements,” said Priscilla Burnette of the Progress Center. The athletes compete in events such as running and cross-country skiing and bowling, depending on the season. “We have all ages of adults.”

The parade will also include other floats, cars, bikes, trikes, doll carriages and other marchers.

The parade will be in conjunction with the Norway Business Association’s All-American Celebration which also includes children’s activities, games, clinics and more.

The Norway Business Association auction, with auctioneer Sharon Bouchard and mystery guests, is to benefit the association’s children’s charities. It will be held in the Beal’s Tavern parking lot. The auction and the free street dance held after the auction will be moved to the Norway Fire Station if it is raining, Bouchard said.

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