Annual 4th of July Pots and Pans Parade

The citizens of Greenville, NH know how to celebrate Independence Day. The festivities begin the evening of July 3rd on the Adams Street school grounds. There is a block dance, food booths and a firework display at 11 PM. After midnight, the “Pots and Pans” parade forms and marches down main street accompanied by floats, hot rods and dozens of fire trucks from neighboring towns. The sound is deafening because everyone is making as much noise as possible. I couldn’t find an appropriate pot to bang so I opted for a chinese gong.

It’s no secret that the 2008 presidential race is fully up to speed in New Hampshire, so I was pleased to see that Governor Bill Richardson made an appearance (in a Red Sox jacket). Next year I’ll be looking for a larger gong and ear protection.

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