READ JESSICA CHARRON'S SUMMARY OF THE 2007 PARADE IN THE WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE, CLICK HERE .
 
 
 
 
READ GREG SMITH'S NORWICH BULLETIN SUMMARY OF THE 2007 PARADE, CLICK HERE.
 
 
READ SUSAN CAMPBELL'S HARTFORD COURANT PREVIEW OF THE 2007 PARADE, CLICK HERE .
 
 
 
 
READ DAVID HINCHEY'S 2007 PARADE PREVIEW IN THE CHRONICLE, CLICK HERE .
 
 
 
 
READ AMY LAWSON'S NORWICH BULLETIN 2007 PARADE PREVIEW, CLICK HERE .
 
 
 
 
A HARTFORD COURANT CRYPTOGRAM FEATURED THE BOOM BOX PARADE ON JULY 1, 2007.  CLICK HERE  TO SEE IT.
 
 
 
 
FOR PHOTOS AND A SUMMARY OF THE 2006 PARADE, CLICK HERE

FOR PHOTOS AND A SUMMARY OF THE 2005 PARADE, CLICK HERE

FOR PHOTOS OF THE 2004 PARADE CLICK HERE.

 
The 2007 July 4th Boom Box Parade again drew huge crowds to downtown Willimantic.  The parade lasted 101 minutes--four minutes short of 2006's all time record.   WFSB and WVIT, and WTIC television covered the parade.  Charter cable CTV-14 shot the entire parade, and will show it on July 28 and August 4 at 8pm.  And look for coverage in the Chronicle, Bulletin, and Courant, who were here.  To see the WFSB video, click here.
 
The parade began with a "virtual" fireworks display over the greater Windham area, was followed by a "virtual" flyover by the Connecticut National Guard's A-10 Warthog, then Boston Red Sox public address announcer Carl Beane introduced the parade with a moment of silence for Americans who have died on the battlefield, and a salute to the late Kathy Clark, who conceived of this parade format in 1986.
 
The highlight of the parade was an appearance by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell, who marched at the front of the parade.
 
Parade grand marshal, WILI morning personality Wayne Norman, had a 1950's theme, in connection with our 50th anniversary which is October 5, 2007.  Wayne had  slicked back, gelled, black hair, a black t-shirt with rolled up sleeves showing a tattoo, cuffed dungarees, white socks and black high-topped sneakers.  For the holiday, he wore his red, white, and blue sequined vest, with a white sash holding 50's vintage 45 rpm records including "Willimantic, USA" by the Yankee Nutmeggers, and "That's Amore" by Dean Martin (for "Romantic Willimantic).  More 45's were on his back.
 
This was the best attended parade in our 22 years.  
 
Grand Marshal Wayne Norman with Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell
 
Meg Nelson of Scotland holds the sign that explains Wayne's look
 
 
Bowser Norman
 
WILI's "Let's Talk About It" hosts Susan Johnson and Dennis O'Brien start the parade
 
Tali Greener photo, courtesy Norwich Bulletin
 
 Romantic Willimantic's reigning "Cupid," Ernie Eldridge
 
Cupid Ernie
 
Bev York from the Mill Museum with the Declaration of Independence
 
The Windham Theater Guild
 
A large group from COW--Connecticut Opposes the War
 
Ribbit
 
Crowds spilled off the sidewalks
 
 
I-98.3(WILI-FM)
 
Tom Devivo being interviewed by Charter CTV-14
 
The grand marshal blasting his transistor
 
It takes months of work to make Wayne Norman look good.  Here, WILI's Robin Rice and Marty Dwyer apply Wayne's tattoos before the parade.
 
WFSB's Irene O'Connor interviews Wayne before the parade
 
The giant WILI Boom Box blasts out the parade music
 
WILI General Manager Andy Russell tows the giant boom box in his pickup, provided by Gates GMC. 
 
 
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