Boombox Parade in Willimantic CT (Jeff’s June Update)


Next week, members of the CT Clean Energy corps will participate in the 26th annual Willimantic Boombox parade. The Boombox parade is the largest of it’s kind in the world and really is a unique sight. In 1986, a marching band could not be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Five weeks later, the “Boom Box Parade” concept was born. Thousands of residents marched and turned to WILI AM on their radios and loudly played iconic marching band tunes.

The 2010 WILI “Boom Box Parade” brought some of the most creative entries to Main Street and was the longest ever (117 minutes).

Anyone can march or enter a float in “Connecticut’s Unique People’s Parade.” The only requirements are to wear red, white, and blue, and bring a radio tuned to WILI (1400-AM). American flags are optional, but encouraged. There is no “official” theme for the parade.

The Clean Energy Corps and Windham Energy Commission will drive a Chevy Electric Volt and march with a banner in the parade.