IVORYTON — The fourth of July is a big deal these days in the Essex Village of Ivoryton, Conn. Not only can you attend one of the best little Farmer’s Markets in Connecticut, but you can enjoy their Fourth of July Parade — held rain or shine — with a full color guard, two Fife and Drum Corps and many other groups marching.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. All marchers are welcome and should gather at Cheney St at 9:30 a.m. A donation of bottled water has been kindly made by W.B. Mason office Supply Company for those marching in the parade.
The parade will feature Jacqui Hubbard as the Grand Marshall.
There will be a patriotic ceremony following the parade at the Gazebo featuring the New Horizons Band from the Community Music School (CMS) performing patriotic music both before and after the parade. The band directed by CMS founder Paddy Hurley, is composed of active adult musicians who have either decided to learn to play a musical instrument in their adult years or become re-acquainted after many years. This is the third year in a row that they have performed in the Gazebo adding to the unique old fashioned style of the parade, playing patriotic songs.
There will also be a community picnic block party.
The Ivoryton Tavern will be grilling in the park for breakfast and lunch as well as The Blue Hound Cookery with some Cajun BBQ outside at their parking lot.
Live music will play throughout the afternoon sponsored by the Ivoryton Farmer’s Market.