Participants in the Star Band playing in Barkhamsted's Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 5.
Participants in the Star Band playing in Barkhamsted's Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 5.

BARKHAMSTED – Hundreds of people lined up on West River Road to watch this year’s annual Independence Day parade on Monday, July 5.
The event was organized by the Barkhamsted Lions Club and included participants from many different area organizations including The Barkhamsted Senior Center, The Barkhamsted Historical Society, Friends of the American Legion and Peoples State Forest, American Legion Post #159 from Riverton, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), and fire departments from Barkhamsted, Riverton, and Pleasant Valley.
“We are so excited to be back in person this year,” Barkhamsted Lions Club President David Roberts said before the parade. “We did a short caravan this year due to the pandemic. We received a phenomenal response from the community this year. This is a true community event. The community loves to celebrate what a special place Barkhamsted is.”
One of the residents who watched the parade, Jennifer Bailey, said that she has been watching it since 1977 when she was very young with her grandparents.
At the July 5 parade, she was watching the parade with some of her grandchildren.”
“This is the best small town parade there is,” Bailey said. “It doesn’t last very long, maybe 15 to 20 minutes, but it’s Americana. I think it’s a great parade because of the people and it’s a great small-town community.”
This year, the Barkhamsted Lions Club dedicated the parade to the late Peter Minton, the son of longtime Star Band leader Willard Minton.
Peter Minton died last year after a battle against esophageal cancer.
For years, he played in the Star Band with his father, playing trombone and bass trombone during Independence Day parades, local theatrical productions, and ensembles in the Northwest Corner.
Generations of members of the Minton family took part in the July 5 event, marching in Peter Minton’s memory and all wearing shirts with his name on them.
“We all wish he was here,” Willard Minton said. “It’s a beautiful tribute that the Lions Club has done. We are all very honored.”

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