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It’s all about the music – Video from July 3 Free Concert on the Boulevard

Last night, July 3, 2014, was the 7th anniversary of the annual Runaround Sound Extravaganza, a free concert on the Boulevard after the Horribles parade.  Last night we had the biggest crowd of the past 7 years even though there were no fireworks.  It really is all about the music.  Check out the finale.

All I can say is that I’m honored to live in the City that brought us the tremendously talented Carlos Menezes, Jr., who, along with some of Gloucester’s best musicians perform this show for free every year — and Ringo Tarr, who, along with his team, do more work behind the scenes in one day than many people do in a month.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Fireworks Cancelled, Horribles Parade and Free Concert Still ON

The Runaround Sound at the Boulevard on July 3

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee just cancelled tomorrow’s fireworks due to weather predictions (see Gloucester Times article here), but the Horribles Parade and free concert are still on in the hopes that weather will clear up.

Music featuring Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound will begin after the parade passes by the Boulevard stage (probably around 7:00pm) and continue until 11:00pm with a spectacular laser light show somewhere in between.

So come out and enjoy the parade and free concert.  Let’s show all those people visiting from out of town that bad weather predictions aren’t enough to spoil our fun!

Cape Ann Holiday Celebration Schedule

July 3rd

Photo by Northshorekid.com

Ringo Tarr and The Gloucester Fund present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.  This year we feature a LASER LIGHT SHOW bigger and better than ever before, plus a brand-new surprise.

Located near the Blyman Canal and Blyman Bridge section of the Boulevard on Gloucester Harbor. The scheduled events for the night include: (times are not exact)

  • 5:00 - Music begins
  • 6:00 – Horribles Parade passes right down the Boulevard.
  • 7:00 – Cape Ann Big Band immediately after the parade
  • 8:00 – The Runaround Sound -  Gloucester’s favorite high-energy band featuring ska, reggae, soul and more.
  • 9:15 – Laser Light Show – You don’t want to miss
  • 9:30 – FIREWORKS
  • 10:00 – Music resumes and a SPECIAL SURPRISE ~ Dancing til 11pm!

July 4

10:00 a.m – Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 p.m. – Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach

9:00 p.m. – Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach

Quick answers to questions we’ve been getting about tonight’s parade, fireworks, concert & laser light show

Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities.  I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO THE CONCERT?
NOTHING.  It’s Free.

CAN WE PARK AT THE HIGH SCHOOL?
NO.  At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.  “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”

WHAT TIME IS THE CONCERT, PARADE, FIREWORKS, LASER LIGHT SHOW — AND WHO’S PERFORMING?
5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
9:30 Fireworks
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm.  Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks.  All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade.  (See more details here.)

WHAT IS THE PARADE ROUTE?
Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.

WILL THERE BE FOOD?
YES.  Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston.  See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS?
That depends on how close you like to be.  For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park.  If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water.  You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off.  It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!

Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here).  The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans.  Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.

Let’s have some fun tonight!

Another FREE Concert on the Boulevard Saturday Night to complement the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks!

July 3 Concert on the Boulevard

Ringo Tarr is at it again, folks.  He’s putting on another FREE concert at the Boulevard.

Thousands of people danced and partied with us on July 3.  Were you there?  It was a perfect night for dancing and celebration.

Saturday’s concert features classic rock dance band Full Circle, so come ready to dance again!

Music starts at 7pm and continues until 11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

Help celebrate the the Schooner Festival by dancing on the Boulevard.

Don’t miss the last free big outdoor concert of the summer!

2011 Schooner Festival Fireworks Photo From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joey,

I was out on the rocks at on Wonson Cove taking shots of the fireworks the other night and was fortunate enough to get this one.  I thought I would share it as a fun way to end the summer!

Thanks,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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