Mountain communities turn July 4 parade around

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If you can't go to the Fourth of July parade, just have the parade come to you.

That's the theory some folks in the mountain communities came up when they learned the annual Londonderry July 4th parade had been canceled over COVID-19 concerns.

The idea popped up on Facebook and the response was instantaneous and overwhelming.

Instead of a Fourth of July parade, people are being encouraged to build "floats" in their yards and let the people drive by to see the entries.

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"In lieu of this year's 4th of July parade, we are asking our neighbors, local businesses, and organizations to participate in a lawn float display on the 4th of July," reads an organizing letter. "Please bring the same creativity and enthusiasm in decorating your front yard and/or lawn float!"

While there is no rule that says the floats can't stay up longer, the organizers ask the "floats" be ready for viewing from noon to at least 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4.

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The parade route will include Taylor Farm up to Magic Circle and Magic Mountain Parking Lot B, down Route 100 as far as Brown's, and will include Thomponsburg Road and Middletown Roads.

For people who do not live on the "parade route"

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organizers are working to create some public space for patriotic displays to help everybody participate who wants to.

Organizers ask people to enter their "floats" by Sunday, June 28, as they plan to produce a map and advertise the entries as well as organize the public space as needed.

For information and to enter, a simple form is available at https://forms.gle/w8NY4LLitU4D35TW7.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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