WINDHAM — One of ASM’s newest Mercedes Sprinter Ambulances participated in Willimantic’s 27th annual Boombox Parade on July 4, 2012. ASM has participated for several years, care of EMT Stephanie Boutot. As she was in the very first Boom Box parade, Stephanie has been insistent that ASM participate each year.
According to the WILI 1400 AM website, the WILI July 4th “Boom Box Parade is the largest of its kind in the world. In 1986, no marching band could be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Five weeks later, the “Boom Box Parade” concept was born, as WILI plays the marching band music on the air, while thousands march and watch, loudly playing their radios (boom boxes).
Anyone can march or enter a float in “Connecticut’s Unique People’s Parade.” The only requirement is to wear some 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.