A Spectacular Parade
Sunday, September 11, 1988
at one o'clock in the afternoon
at North Beach at Winnacunnet Road
Strike Up The Band For
A Spectacular Parade
By Virginia Hatch
Bands! Floats! One hundred eleven units of parade! Over three miles of participants! Three hours of sensational magic to capture the spirit of Hampton, New Hampshire’s 350th anniversary!
To join in the town’s celebration, marching units are coming from Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Vermont.
The Parade Committee’s time and energy devoted to the celebration of the founding of the Town of Hampton promises to be a spectacular array of parade participants. Approximately 45 bands and marching units will surely excite spectators. Special attention will certainly be given to such units as: military, police, fire fighters, Philadelphia’s renowned musical Mummers; the John A Ferko String Band; the United States Army 3rd Infantry Colonial Fife and Drum from Army Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (wearing uniforms similar to those worn by musicians of the Continental Army -- black cocked hats, white wigs, waistcoats, colonial overalls, red greatcoats and playing wood fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and solid brass bugles); the Air Force Band of New England (from Pease Air Force Base); the Pawtuxet (Rhode Island) Rangers Militia (which uses the 75 caliber "Brown Bess" flintlock musket and 3 pound field piece) & Fife & Drum Corp; the Royal Columbia Drum Corp from Chicopee, Mass.
(Champions for the last 13 years are dressed in orange, sky blue and black); Massed Pipes & Drums of the Westchester Police Emerald Society (who promise that "if there is even a trace of Celtic blood coursing through your veins, the 'skirl o’ the pipes’ can cause unexpected and strange behavior"; the New Liberty Jazz Band (professional Dixieland jazz musicians); the Camden, New York Continentals Drum & Bugle Corp (previous members of this group marched in Ulysses S. Grant’s inauguration parade); and U. S. Navy Pikemen, Banner Bearers & Colour Guard of the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) wearing uniforms of sailors of the late 18th century.
Floats of all types including motorized, horsedrawn, antique cars and trucks, Jaguars, Rolls Royces, motorcycle groups, equestrian, animated and historical will parade. Prizes and awards will be presented for the following categories: historical recognition, religious, non-profit, best over all, business, most original and most colorful. Featured floats include the First Congregational Church of Hampton as the oldest continuous congregation in New Hampshire; Marston Family Association with descendants of the original settling family; Lamprey Homestead with eight of their Belgian horses hitched to a wagon; New Hampshire Square Dancers’ Association with music, callers and dancers; Polka Band with dancers; and Little Jim, the miniature horse, from Burnt Oaks. A total of 64 floats have been registered to parade.
The order of march will be U.S. Army, U. S. Marine Corps, U. S. Navy, U. S. Air Force, Military Police, Legions, Schools Historical Floats, Civic Floats, Fraternal Order Floats, decorated cars. Bands will be interspersed throughout the line of the parade.
Stepping off at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 1988, the parade entrants will travel south down the east side of Ocean Boulevard to the Hampton State Park. The reviewing stand will be located on the east side of Ocean Boulevard between "C," and "D" Streets.