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Photos: Honk Music Festival Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)closemore
Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)

Thousands of people lined Elm Street in Somerville to Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge to see the exhilarating parade at the ninth annual “Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands.” (Read our oral history of the festival here.)

Some 70 groups marched in the parade, including bands from Somerville, Vancouver, Seattle, Madison, Los Alamos, Paris, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, Moscow. Also participating were Veterans for Peace and activists agitating for “People over profit$,” prison reform, “immigrant justice,” a $15 minimum wage, and “No spy drones.”

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Rude Mechanical Orchestra from New York. (Greg Cook)
Rude Mechanical Orchestra from New York. (Greg Cook)
The Jamaica Plain Honk Fest band. (Greg Cook)
The Jamaica Plain Honk Fest band. (Greg Cook)
Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)
Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)
The Silver Maple Forest Alliance. (Greg Cook)
The Silver Maple Forest Alliance. (Greg Cook)
The Forward Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin. (Greg Cook)
The Forward Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin. (Greg Cook)
The Honk parade marched from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge. (Greg Cook)
The Honk parade marched from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge. (Greg Cook)
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band from Somerville. (Greg Cook)
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band from Somerville. (Greg Cook)
The Dominican “diablos cojuelos” (limping devils) of Lawrence's Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts. (Greg Cook)
The Dominican “diablos cojuelos” (limping devils) of Lawrence's Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts. (Greg Cook)
Artesian Rumble Arkestra from Olympia, Washington. (Greg Cook)
Artesian Rumble Arkestra from Olympia, Washington. (Greg Cook)
The Bread and Puppet Theater Band from Vermont. (Greg Cook)
The Bread and Puppet Theater Band from Vermont. (Greg Cook)
The Red Bandanna Brigade advocated for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Greg Cook)
The Red Bandanna Brigade advocated for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Greg Cook)
Rude Mechanical Orchestra from New York. (Greg Cook)
Rude Mechanical Orchestra from New York. (Greg Cook)
The Party Band from Lowell. (Greg Cook)
The Party Band from Lowell. (Greg Cook)
The ninja parade slipped through town. (Greg Cook)
The ninja parade slipped through town. (Greg Cook)
Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine. (Greg Cook)
Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine. (Greg Cook)
The Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville plays in an alleyway off Harvard Square in Cambridge at the end of the parade. (Greg Cook)
The Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville plays in an alleyway off Harvard Square in Cambridge at the end of the parade. (Greg Cook)

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Greg Cook is an arts reporter and critic for WBUR's The ARTery.

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