Thursday, July 2, 2009


Parade Brings Back The Boom Box

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Forget iPods. For folks in Willimantic, Connecticut, the boom box is where it’s at.

The 24th Annual WILI Boom Box Parade will be in town this Fourth of July, where folks march the route blaring their boom boxes in unison to a local radio station’s patriotic soundtrack.

The parade – which has no set theme – swaps the traditional Americana marching band for people with boom boxes and showcases bizarre floats and marchers.

Radio DJ and grand marshal Wayne Norman once paraded wearing rollerblades while towing a bus decorated like a giant boom box.

He says many of the marchers “express their independence” by making floats referring to political issues in the town.

About 15 years ago they had a problem with prostitutes so a float with a big hook – representing hookers – rolled down the route.

When Willimantic was dubbed the “heroin capital” a group dressed up in a huge fish costume with a sign renaming the town the “herring” capital.

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