The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 16, 2004


2004 Old Home Day Parade

Spectators along the parade route were delighted by the creativity, spirit, humor and sense of community displayed by all of the participants in this year's OHD Parade.

Once again, this year's Parade Marshall was David "Bucky" Toher atop his horse Taktani, wearing a mask of stars and stripes. The Carlisle Minutemen were joined by some British soldiers this year. Members of the Old North Bridge Pony Club rode decorated horses, and there was a goat, a llama, a donkey (a registered independent), several miniature horses and "Cleo" the dog on wheels. The children of Carlisle turned out in record numbers as they propelled their decorated cycles, wagons, and scooters just ahead of the D.A.R.E. vehicle. Carlisleans also enjoyed karate demonstrations, antique tractors, including a 1944 Massey, an amphibious Ferret, many creative floats, handsome antique cars, the Historical Society's antique hearse with smiley coachman and a full complement of fire engines with sirens.

Awards and judges' comments for parade entries were:

1st Place to Carlisle Town Poor Farm. "Very creative! Well thought out."

2nd Place to Beach Babes. "It goes without saying."

3rd Place to Twirling on the Farm. "Great twirling, cute farmer!"

Cutest Animal Award to the llama, Chaffee (who is pregnant). "Set the tone for the parade. Proud to be Himalayan."

Many thanks to this year's volunteers who assisted in keeping the parade running smoothly, including Liz Bishop, the Red Balloon, and Olivia Cooney.

Sincere gratitude to all of this year's parade participants. Those of us who enjoyed watching the parade commend you for all your hard work and creative preparation. It is truly a gift to the rest of the town. We hope to see you again next year!

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito