Photo from the 2019 Pet Parade by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Photo from the 2019 Pet Parade by Shaw Israel Izikson.

WINSTED — Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, two of the town’s long-time annual parades have been canceled once again this year.
The town’s Pet Parade, which is usually held in May, has been canceled by its organizers the Torrington-Winsted Rotary Club.
In the cancellation announcement on the event’s Facebook page, organizers wrote that “the health and safety of the parade’s marchers, spectators, and volunteers are paramount.”
However, the organizers hinted at an event that will take place in the fall but did not give specifics.
The event would have been the 84th Pet Parade.
Meanwhile, the town’s Laurel Parade has also been canceled once again due to the pandemic.
While the parade has been canceled, the annual Laurel Festival Scholarship program will continue this year.
According to a press release from organizers, the program has been held for over 85 years with Gladys Weaving the first Laurel Queen crowned in 1934.
The festival was suspended from 1941 until 1949 due to World War II.
The annual Laurel Ball and crowning of the Laurel King and Laurel Queen did take place last year, with a substantially scaled back ceremony.
According to organizers, the annual Laurel Ball will happen this year, but the date for the event has not been determined.
Candidates for Laurel King and Laurel Queen must be a Junior or Senior high school student residing in the Town of Winchester or City of Winsted. The deadline to hand in paperwork is Wednesday, May 19.
Click here for the candidate application package.
For more information, please email Selectman Melissa Bird at