THE 2008 WILI BOOM BOX PARADE HAD A TERRIFIC TURNOUT, GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT WAS RAINING AN HOUR BEFORE START TIME.  BUT IT WAS ONE OF OUR BEST ATTENDED PARADES EVER, AND THE PARADE LASTED 96 MINUTES.
 
 
GRAND MARSHAL WAYNE NORMAN HAD A "GEEZER" LOOK, RIDING IN A MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR, WITH DYED GREY HAIR, GRANNY GLASSES, A BLUE CANE, BLUE SLIPPERS, AND OF COURSE A RED BOOM BOX BLASTING THE PARADE SOUNDTRACK.
 
 
 
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT PRESIDENT MICHAEL HOGAN BROUGHT A LARGE CONTINGENT OF UCONN FANS, INCLUDING JONATHAN THE HUSKY, AND PRESIDENT ELSA NUNEZ REPRESENTED E.C.S.U.   CONNECTICUT ATTORNEY GENERAL RICHARD BLUMENTHAL CALLED THE BOOM BOX PARADE, "THE BEST PARADE IN CONNECTICUT."
 
 
 
TO READ THE WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE'S ACCOUNT OF THE 2008 WILI BOOM BOX PARADE, CLICK HERE.
 
TO READ THE NORWICH BULLETIN'S ACCOUNT OF THE 2008 WILI BOOM BOX PARADE, AND SEE THEIR PHOTO ALBUM, CLICK HERE.
 
Wayne Norman before the parade started
 
Wayne Norman being interviewed by Charter CTV-14 for its parade broadcast
 
WILI's resident clown Donna Evan with Jonathan
 
UConn president Michael Hogan with Wayne
 
WILI's giant boom box blasts out the music
 
WILI's afternoon newsman Jesse Collins ran in the Boom Box Mile, then marched in the parade with girlfriend Lauren (Sherry Smardon photo)
 
Larry Goodwin and his froggy family
 
 
Windham Hospital
 
Haggerosa 2008
 
The Haggerosa hula theme including a vintage fire truck and a Haggerty guy doing the hula
 
Cutter, the Connecticut Defenders mascot with adoring fans
 
 
Not everyone marched on their feet
 
The family of Parade Mama Kathy Clark
 
Bob Burns with his family
 
 
 
 
 
Willimantic Whitewater Partnership
 
 
Willimantic Waste Paper
 
 
 
 
2007 Romantic Willimantic Cupid Ernie Eldridge driving a 1968 Karmann Ghia with wife Anita
 
Parish Hill High School's hovercraft
 
The traveling fishhead club of Northeast Connecticut saying"no ash dump"
 
 FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE 2008 WILI BOOM BOX PARADE, CLICK HERE
 
 
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