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Reverse parades provide alternate celebration

By Margaret McKinley 
Residents of  Park House, an independent living facility in Rochester, sit on the porch watching the spectators go by.

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.

By Margaret McKinley 
Parade people and a papier-mache pig decorate a lawn in Rochester.
By Margaret McKinley 
Parade family fun!
By Margaret McKinley 
Rochester Hardware, all dressed up for the Fourth.
By Margaret McKinley 
A parade person shares a message of inclusivity in Rochester.
By Margaret McKinley 
A sign directs viewers of the parade route in Rochester.
By Addie Mae Weiss.
In Londonderry, a display created by the Magic Alpine Club Race Team mimicked an actual ski race.

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