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Hillary Clinton Breaks From Campaign For Hometown Memorial Day Parade

Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton waves as she marches in New Castle's Memorial Day parade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who lives in the northern side of town, is pictured at left. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton poses for a selfie moments before the start of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which was held in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton waves to onlookers as she marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton arrives for New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which was held in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton poses for photos with the New Castle Town Board. From left to right: Supervisor Rob Greenstein, Councilwoman Lisa Katz, Councilman Jeremy Saland and Councilwoman Hala Makowska. Deputy Supervisor Adam Brodsky is in the background. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton autographs a baseball while meeting community members prior to the start of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton autographs a girl's cast prior to the start of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton embraces Jim McCauley, a local resident and Vietnam War veteran who has served as emcee for the Memorial Day parade for years. McCauley, who is active in local Republican politics, has a friendly relationship with Clinton. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton poses for photos with Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe, who is with Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. The temple is located just down the road from where New Castle's annual Memorial Day parade started. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton meets with a supporter in Chappaqua moments prior to the start of the 2016 Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A supporter of Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, makes his presence known a short distance away from Hillary Clinton prior to the start of New Castle's Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A member of Hillary Clinton's entourage (center, in grey shirt) motions a press scrum to move back as New Castle's Memorial Day parade gets underway. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Chappaqua resident Lynne Lambert holds a sign in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy as the local Memorial Day parade gets underway. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton supporters cheer and wave as the Democratic presidential candidate and Chappaqua resident marches in the local Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both New Castle residents, march in the town's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton waves as she marches in New Castle's Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Pictured with her, left to right, are Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Assemblyman David Buchwald and New Castle Councilman Jeremy Saland. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton shakes hands with New Castle Councilman Jeremy Saland, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pictured at center. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
New Castle Supervisor Rob Greenstein (left), marches with former President Bill Clinton in the town of New Castle's annual Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Former President Bill Clinton marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton waves as she marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which went through downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton, third from left, marches in downtown Chappaqua for the 2016 Memorial Day parade. Also pictured: Town Board members Lisa Katz and Adam Brodsky, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assemblyman David Buchwald and Councilman Jeremy Saland. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A large press scrum, along with Hillary Clinton's entourage, head down the King Street hill in downtown Chappaqua as part of the Memorial Day parade route. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton supporters watch as the Democratic presidential candidate marches in her hometown parade in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Kids with Hillary Clinton campaign stickers watch the local Memorial Day parade in downtown Chappaqua. Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, is a Chappaqua resident. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Former President Bill Clinton marches in the town of New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, held in downtown Chappaqua. State Assemblyman David Buchwald, pictured at right, marches with his infant daughter. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary and Bill Clinton are seated for the town of New Castle's Memorial Day ceremony, which followed the annual parade in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Hillary Clinton poses for a photo with a group of local supporters in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Randee Kessler Glazer, Chappaqua Friends of Hillary
Tom D'Angora poses with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Chappaqua Labor Day Parade. Photo Credit: Brendan McCann

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- While Americans are familiar with scores of headlines that Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy has generated this spring, the former secretary of state met with folks who know her in a very different way: as a neighbor and community member.

Clinton, who has lived in the Chappaqua hamlet of the town of New Castle since 1999, took time off to march in the local Memorial Day parade, which she has done for years. She was joined by her husband, former President Bill Clinton; Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who lives in the northern side of New Castle; as well as State Assemblyman David Buchwald and members of the local town board.

Away from the stump speeches and headlines, coming home afforded Clinton a chance to be at ease and away from the relative pressures of the trail. Clinton, who lined up for the parade at Ridgewood Terrace, made small talk with fellow residents.

“We were at Greeley," she said to a community member in one conversation, an apparent reference to her visit last month to Horace Greeley High School.

Clinton also embraced Jim McCauley, a resident and Vietnam War veteran who has emceed the local parade for years.

Clinton's friendship with McCauley, who is involved in local Republican politics, is a marked contrast from the partisanship of federal politics, where the former first lady and U.S. senator is often a lightning rod for the other side of the spectrum.

“Good to see you," McCauley told Clinton. "Thank you again for coming.”

Clinton also urged the crowd to follow McCauley's instructions to line up for the parade.

“Listen to the captain!” she shouted.

Clinton's participation in the parade comes as the Democratic presidential primary season winds down. Only a handful of states, most notably delegate-rich California and New Jersey, remain in contention before the nominating season wrap up on June 14, according to a tracker from The Huffington Post.

Clinton is close to clinching the Democratic nomination, according to delegate trackers posted by various media outlets.

Clinton remains locked in a heated primary battle with her party rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, while also fighting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. In Chappaqua, however, the parade served as a de facto campaign rally, as scores of supporters cheered or sported memorabilia with Clinton's campaign logo. Only a single man with a Trump campaign sign was spotted, while no Sanders signs were visible.

A large press scrum on hand to cover Clinton was met with the candidate's large entourage of campaign workers and Secret Service agents. As members of the press tried to get take images, members of Clinton's side tried to keep them from getting too close, which was a constant tension throughout the parade.

The parade went down the King Street hill before proceeding along South Greeley Avenue, which is right in the middle of downtown Chappaqua. The parade subsequently concluded at the war memorial plaza in front of the Chappaqua train station, where the annual Memorial Day service was held. The Clintons attended the service before departing.

A photo gallery of Clinton's march is attached to this story. Daily Voice will also have a standalone story dedicated to the ceremony.

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