Since the 1920’s, in the village of Chepachet, Rhode Island, the fourth of July parade has been made up of the traditional marching bands, political leaders, shriners, fire trucks and military units marching from the town of Glocester. On the route are also an eclectic type of merrymakers. What sets the parade apart is this unusual mix.

The Ancients are represented by the proud colonial era costumed groups, playing fife and drums and firing old muskets. The Horribles are interpreted by an assortment of locals displaying a great sense of humor in their comical outfits, riding imaginative floats some with parodies of current issues. Also dispersed along the parade are various loners making individual statements and fully celebrating independence.

* Some of the photographs here were taken by my daughter Serafine.