Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Independence Day Parade Thinks Inside The Box

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One 4th Of July parade is giving a huge boom to a small Connecticut town – literally.

That’s the note blaring at the 22nd Annual WILI Boom Box Parade, in Willimantic, Connecticut, which ditches the conventional Americana marching band and has its participants crank up their boom boxes and blast patriotic tunes provided by the local radio station on the 4th of July instead.

But leave your tiny alarm clocks at home.

Radio DJ and Grand Marshal Wayne Norman wants to fill the streets with sound, and he says, “We’re not talking iPods, we want real ghetto blasters!”

As the parade prez, Norman has developed a reputation for wearing goofy outfits and trotting down Main street in style, like sporting rollerblades while towing a bus-sized boom box.

But for him, it’s all part of the sonic celebration.

Norman says, “This is the spirit of independence – people do whatever they want. There are no rules. We don’t even know who’s coming!”

Tune into wili.com for more boomin’ details.

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