Made it to the Fourth of July parade in Contoocook, NH, again this year. I missed it last year because the Fourth fell on a Saturday, and I go trash paddling on the first Saturday of the month. I did make it in 2014 though.
The attraction? My brother and his wife live in Contoocook, so I use that as home when I trash paddle in New Hampshire. And if you’re there on the Fourth of July, you have to see the parade.
A 30-minute kids’ parade kicks off at 11:30. For a kid with a decorated trike or scooter it’s a fun walk for a few blocks with cheering fans on both sides of the street.
The main event starts after that. It’s a short, fun parade, a row of veterans with flags, a band on a trailer, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, a few vintage Corvairs, some older cars, a local horse-drawn farm wagon, several fire engines and the public works’ dump truck. It goes by in a flash, the kids along the route pick up the candy flung out to them, ears ring from the sirens, and then the road opens back up and traffic resumes.
It’s a frustrating half hour delay if you’re trying to get through town by car at the time, I am sure.
But it’s just a simple good time when sitting in the shade with family and friends along the parade route.
And trash paddling? That’s the monthly on-the-water trash pickup sponsored by the flatwater paddling section of the Appalachian Mountain Club New Hampshire Chapter.
Some other parade photos: