A Horrible History

The Mendon Horribles Parade is taking place on Saturday, July 3rd 2021, sponsored by the Mendon Permanent Firefighter’s Association and Brothers of the Brush. Prizes awarded for best costume. 6:30pm Parade Start: Taft Library / End: Clough School, North Ave.

Newcomers to Mendon are asking, what in the world is a Horribles Parade?

A “Horribles Parade” is a New England tradition dating back to 19th century. What began as a spoof on a more serious Independence Day Parade through Boston has been adopted by small town communities throughout New England. Outlandish floats and costumes parade through town, commonly parodying pop culture and current events. Mendon Fire held its first Horribles Parade in 1947.

The Mendon Historical Society is in possession of a number of photos from a Horribles Parade gone by…and we need your help! Can you help us identify the year in which these photos were taken? Perhaps you recognize a friendly face?

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