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Photos: The 10th Annual Honk Brass Band Fest In Somerville

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
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Thousands packed Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, for the 10th annual Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands. Twenty-nine bands from as far away as Seattle, New Orleans and Paris, France, performed. The free festival continued with a parade from Davis Square to Cambridge's Harvard Square on Sunday, Oct. 11, followed by performances until 6 p.m. in Harvard Square.

A member of the Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club from New Orleans dances near the front of the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
A member of the Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club from New Orleans dances near the front of the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dja-Rara performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dja-Rara performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The anti-global warming group 350 Massachusetts marches in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The anti-global warming group 350 Massachusetts marches in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
A woman from SCUL, the Boston-area chopper bike gang, rides in front of Chicago's Environmental Encroachment band during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook)
A woman from SCUL, the Boston-area chopper bike gang, rides in front of Chicago's Environmental Encroachment band during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook)
Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
A stilter leads the Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook)
A stilter leads the Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook)
The New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans plays during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The New Creations Brass Band from New Orleans plays during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Boston Hoohas dance in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Boston Hoohas dance in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Chinese Progressive Association protests gentrification of Boston's Chinatown during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Chinese Progressive Association protests gentrification of Boston's Chinatown during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
School of Honk from Somerville plays in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
School of Honk from Somerville plays in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dead Music Capital Band from Austin, Texas, performs in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dead Music Capital Band from Austin, Texas, performs in the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
One of the Diablo Cojuelos (Limping Devils) of the Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts cracks a whip during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
One of the Diablo Cojuelos (Limping Devils) of the Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts cracks a whip during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Boston Hoop Troop performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Boston Hoop Troop performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dead Music Capital Band from Austin, Texas, performs on the Honk stage in Cambridge's Harvard Square on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dead Music Capital Band from Austin, Texas, performs on the Honk stage in Cambridge's Harvard Square on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Bonnie Hale dances to the Lowell Party Band as it performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Bonnie Hale dances to the Lowell Party Band as it performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Lowell Party Band performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Lowell Party Band performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Les Vilains Chicots from Paris, France, perform at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Les Vilains Chicots from Paris, France, perform at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Lowell Party Band performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Lowell Party Band performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dancing to the Bread and Puppet Circus Band from Glover, Vermont, during Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Dancing to the Bread and Puppet Circus Band from Glover, Vermont, during Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
The Ten Man Brass Band from Seattle performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)
Forward! Marching Band from Madison, Wisconsin, performs at Honk in Somerville's Davis Square on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Related:

• "An Oral History: How The Honk Music Fest Began Here And Spread Around The World"

• "Honk Music Fest Turns 10: 'Marching Band Culture, But It's Kind Of Twisted'"

• "As Honk! Turns 10 Years Old, We Ask 10 Bands To Share Memories Of The Music Fest"

• "Photos: 2014 Honk Music Festival Parade From Somerville To Cambridge"


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