Sunday September 16, 2012

LENOX -- Hundreds of folks gathered along Main Street Saturday for the 21st Annual Lenox Tub Parade, where they watched as 17 carriages of various sizes and grandeur rolled through town, drawn by a varying numbers of horses, also of various size and grandeur.

Families from Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut polish up and decorate their carriages, wash and brush down their horses and transport them to Lenox every year for the event.

People come from all around the area to watch the parade.

The Tub Parade actually began in 1883 as an event for local women who trotted their carriages through town on the way to an annual ladies luncheon.

It faded away just before the turn of the century, but in 1991 it was reinvigorated by Colonial Carriage and Driving Society.

It's been a local favorite ever since.

"We think it's a part of American history," said Maureen Gamelli, co-president of the society. "They did it years ago and we're keeping that tradition alive."

Carole Green, a resident of Lenox and New Orleans, brought her little dog Muffy to see the parade.

"It's so fun," she said. "It makes you think about how people lived back then. These carriages must have been a lovely way to go to the grocery store, although it must have gotten tiring after a while."

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