Revelers do just that with New Boston parade, celebration
NewBostonParade1: It's all red, white and blue for Abby Cole and Nicole Fillmore, both 12, at the start of New Boston's 82nd annual 4th of July parade. (SUSAN CLARK/Union Leader Correspondent)
: Tasha Vranorsey throws candy to, from left, Josh, Ben, Ryan and Alex Bouffard during New Boston’s 82nd annual 4th of July parade. SUSAN CLARK
Rev. Woody Woodland of the Community Church of New Boston welcomed more than 1,000 people as he kicked off the parade in town center.
The committee started planning for the parade in February, and at 6 a.m. Thursday, Bernard said she was up making changes to the lineup of 17 floats, numerous antique cars, color guards, horse teams and clowns.
The Bouffard family was well represented by brothers and cousins, who kept their eyes out for marchers throwing candy into the crowd.
“It’s the best parade I’ve seen,” said Ryan Bouffard, 11.
Also represented was the family of George St. John Sr., who served as an Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal specialist in the Korean War. His picture and uniform graced the family float. His grandsons, Nicholas St. John and Evan Kersting, waved to the crowd in their Navy EOD white uniforms.
The National Anthem was sung by Amy and Amanda Paris just minutes before the firing of the Revolutionary War-era Molly Stark Cannon by the New Boston Artillery Company.
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