Pots and Pans Parade returns

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/3/2021 12:08:30 PM

Greenville’s annual Pots and Pans Parade, the boisterous ringing in of the Fourth of July, is back on this year, after the event was canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020.

Starting July 3 and running into the early morning hours of July 4, Greenville will host its traditional Fourth of July celebrations at the town field, followed by fireworks and capped by the Pots and Pans Parade at midnight to mark the start of the holiday. The long-standing tradition includes a parade of floats, decorated vehicles and classic cars and fire trucks and ambulances while residents cheer on the procession by banging pots and pans.

Town Administrator Tara Sousa said the Select Board still has to make the official decision on any COVID-19 related precautions that might be required, but said if the status quo in town and the state remains trending in the right direction, restriction will likely be light.

“We will be working on that over the next couple of weeks. Certainly if the trends continue – Greenville has zero identified cases, and the state is doing incredibly well – there may not be a need for masks at an outdoor event where social distancing is possible. It will depend on whether things continue in a positive direction. If things change drastically, we’ll have to reconsider whether we’d hold the event, but things look positive,” Sousa said.

The theme this year is “Light Up Greenville.”

Sousa said the theme is a carry-over from 2019, meant to highlight the midnight tradition, and make the parade more visible and more enjoyable to watchers on the route.

Floats and vehicles must be checked in at the Town Field by 7:30 p.m., to be lined up for viewing along Adams Street.

Festivities at the Town Field begin at 8 p.m. and continue until the fireworks display at 11:20 p.m. Awards for float entries will be announced immediately before the fireworks.

Following the fireworks will be the parade. Marchers assemble for the parade line at Adams and River Street immediately following the fireworks. The parade kicks off at midnight and proceeds down River Street to Main Street and then Mill Street.

Limited vendor spaces are available at the Town Field for the festivities staring at 8 p.m. Vendor applications are available on greenvillenh.org.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 11:20 p.m. and the parade at midnight.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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