Floating parade marks centennial of MIT's Cambridge move

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CAMBRIDGE >> MIT celebrated the 100th anniversary of its move from Boston to Cambridge with a quirky parade over land and water.

The centerpiece of Saturday's "Moving Day" event was an afternoon parade of more than 50 boats, floats and vehicles designed and built by students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The roughly 90-minute "Crossing the Charles" procession began on the Boston side of the Charles River and was meant to commemorate the moment when MIT's charter was ceremonially transported across the river by barge in 1916.

The event was a competition and teams were scored on engineering design, speed, aesthetics and other qualities.

Saturday's other festivities include fireworks, student performances, a multimedia show and a series of dance parties that run until midnight.


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