Mark Doyle, Tom DeVivo, Tom's daughter Amanda, and Dennis O'Brien carry the banner--with BOOM BOXES!

The 28th annual WILI July 4th BOOM BOX PARADE drew more huge crowds to Main Street in Willimantic on a sunny, hot, humid day.  The parade lasted 75 minutes.  For more parade information and listener comments, see our facebook page at WILI BOOM BOX PARADE. Channels 3, 8, and 61 featured video coverage of the parade, and Charter's public access channel CT-14 will replay the full parade at a later date.  The Chronicle and Bulletin did stories on the parade and the Courant and Bulletin had photo galleries on their websites.
See the Hartford Courant's parade photo gallery here.
See the Norwich Bulletin's parade photo gallery here.
Read the Willimantic Chronicle's parade story here.
Read the Norwich Bulletin's parade story here
Read the Norwich Bulletin's parade preview story here.
See Channel 3's parade video including an interview with Officer Winkler here.
Watch Wayne Norman's TV interview previewing the 2013 parade here (scroll 13 minutes in).

This John Woike photo of Grand Marshal Wayne Norman made the front page of the Hartford Courant:

For many, the highlight of the parade was the appearance of Willimantic Police Officer Kevin Winkler, who was injured in the line of duty the week before.

Officer Winkler

Parade Grand Marshal, WILI's Wayne Norman was a patriotic butterfly, with large red, white, and blue wings which moved, black boom box shoes, a green jump suit, a huge red, white, and blue tie, red, white, and blue headgear including (butterfly) antennae, and of course a red BOOM BOX tuned to 14/WILI.  The butterfly outfit was cleverly designed by Ed Brown, owner of Willimantic's City Side Deli.  The Grand Marshal got a case of dehydration at the end of the parade and didn't see most of the other units.

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman marched with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Connecticut State Senate President Donald Williams. Nancy wowed the crowd marching in her red 5" heels.

Donald Williams (L), Richard Blumenthal, and Nancy Wyman

Once again, the Willimantic Brewing Company had a spectacular float with an "Emerald City" theme.  

The Traveling Fish Head Club of Northeast Connecticut had a huge fish with the message "end gun violence."  

Mark Spencer again drove his Fiat with the large red WILI sign from our old building at 948 Main Street, and a huge speaker playing WILI's sound track from the roof.  Mark is not directly affiliated with WILI, but displays our old sign proudly, even at the end when (much like Wayne Norman) his Fiat needed to be pushed to the finish line.

Steve Sweeney of Mansfield was George Washington with his Revolutionary War soldiers crossing the Delaware.

The 2013 parade featured people on stilts.

And chickens on stilts
From the group "Willimantic Loves Chickens"

And the Haggerty family, which usually has a "Haggerosa" theme, had a pirate theme called "ARRRRRGHerosa"

Photos courtesy of Eleanor Linkkila, Marie Brennan, Peter Polomski, Colin Rice, Donna Evan, Kathleen Narowski, Lynn Moebus, George Bailey, John Woike (Hartford Courant), and Pete Haddad.

To see more photos from the 2013 WILI BOOM BOX PARADE, click here.
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