The July 4th Ancients & Horribles Parade in Chepachet

Jul 4, 2013

On the other side of the state from Bristol, the irreverent Ancients and Horribles parade made its way through Chepachet. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was there, so were Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin. They lead the parade, which included floats making political statements about Obamacare and genetically modified foods. There were also veterans, clowns, marching bands and a stream of fire trucks.  

The "Bad Day" float, featuring plane crashes and alligator attacks, was part of the Ancients and Horribles parade in Chepatchet.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

East Providence resident Karen Boulanger-Folks braved the high temps and waited two hours under a tree to see the Ancients and Horribles parade for the first time.

 "I have been reading about this parade in the paper for 40 years and every year I say, I'm going to go," she said. "This year, here I am."  Chepatchet's Ancients and Horribles parade goes back to 1927. It's part of a string of parades through out New England founded on political satire.