ROCHESTER—The “quin-towns” of Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Pittsfield and Stockbridge celebrated this past 4th of July weekend with a new tradition — a reverse parade. Route 100 became the designated parade route, but instead of the floats passing the spectators, the displays and points of interest remained fixed, while the viewers drove by in their cars.
This Covid-19 safety-inspired event provided entertainment, while letting everyone stay safe and avoid crowds. The route started at the Granville Country Store, passing through Hancock, Rochester, and Stockbridge, culminating in Pittsfield. Along the route, businesses and individuals decorated their properties with patriotic themes. The White River Valley Players created “parade people,” life-sized stick figures dressed in costumes, which were placed in Rochester park. And businesses offered specials along the route, including sno-cones, discount propane refills, and special cook-outs to go.