The Parade Route

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Contoocook valley regional marching band

One of the choice things about living on Main Street wherever you go in New England, and perhaps elsewhere, is being on the parade route. Before we moved to Hancock to be innkeepers we lived in a town west of Boston in an old 1800s farm house in the historic center of the village. We remember the real estate agent saying when she was showing us the house, “And, you know, you’re on the parade route.” It may not have been the reason we bought the house, but it was certainly a reason to love the house more over the years. Who doesn’t love a parade?

Our favorite here in Hancock is the Memorial Day Parade. But, it was as well when we lived outside of Boston. It must be the nature of the holiday, which inspires a bit more reverence than even Fourth of July. The Memorial Day parade is a straight-up marching parade. The band, the Veterans, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and the flag. No firetrucks or floats. No commercial messages. It is short and to the point, which is expressly made with stops to each of the cemeteries in town for taps and gun salutes to our fallen servicemen and women.

It’s a nice way to start the summer season before we all head off to the water parks and the beach.

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