Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Fourth Of July Gets ‘Ghetto Blasted’

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Fourth of July party in Willimantic, Connecticut, is gonna be boomin’.

On Friday (Jul. 4), the 23rd Annual Boombox Parade is blasting down the streets in honor of Independence Day, and bringing traditional marching band music to the people via stereos that paraders carry instead of the traditional brass band.

According to event spokesperson Wayne Norman, when it comes to stereos, size does matter.

He says, “The parade isn’t going to work without radios, so you need big ghetto blasters or something that will pump out the sound. iPods aren’t gonna do it.”

Norman calls the parade the most unique and unusual march in America because of the crazy, red, white, and blue floats people make and the wild costumes, which in the past have included Uncle Sam and a giant herring.

Norman gets in on the off-beat action as well, and says, “I like to do something wacky every year, but I never reveal my shtick until the day.”

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