mainstreet.com Names Gloucester in Their List of Untraditional Fourth of July Traditions
Listed at #8 is the Fishtown Horribles Parade in Gloucester, MA.
8. Fishtown Horribles Parade, Gloucester, Mass.: This old-fashioned parade is anything but traditional red, white and blue tributes. The parade got its start way back when farmers brought their farm animals to march with children dressed in outlandish costumes. The event originated at 5 a.m. on July 4, which is a horrible time in itself, but was later changed to 6 p.m. on July 3rd. While you can find some things typical of any Independence Day parade anywhere in the country, you’ll find just about every theme in this one.