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July 2, 2013

Make way for the Horribles Wednesday

Annual parade steps off Wednesday night

Just three days after the close of St. Peter’s Fiesta, Gloucester residents are gearing up for a different type of celebration — the Fishtown Horribles Parade, with the Boulevard concerts and fireworks that accompany it.

The funky parade that featured mostly farmers and animals in costumes in its first years more than 65 years ago, now boasts a line of mostly floats on wheels, but parade coordinator Al Kipp would like to see even more floats.

“It started out as a bunch of farmers parading through the city and now its a full blown production,” Kipp said.

Whether entrants are inspired to parade on foot or by way of decorative float, Kipp welcomes everyone to enter and meet at the high school between 3 p.m. and the parade’s kick off at 6 p.m.

“I’d like to see more horribles,” Kipps said. “I’d like to see more people getting together building floats to put in the parade.”

Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction, parade organizers are insisting that people not try to park at the school. Floats, however, will all line up in the lot beside the school’s auto shop. Vehicles still parked in the float area after 2 p.m. will be towed.

“All floats are going to the side of the school. We’ll be down there directing everybody, but the main thing is there’s absolutely no parking at the high school,” Kipp said. “Any construction you’ve got to do, do most of it at home.”

The parade flows down Centennial Avenue over to Western Avenue, then runs up Western, through Tally’s Corner and crosses to Rogers Street. The march then curves up Manuel Lewis to Main Street, then runs up Main before hooking a right on Pleasant and a left on Prospect toward Railroad Avenue where it will head back to the high school via Washington Street. Those planning to watch can expect a team of horses, a solo pony, an array of floats.

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