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Photos: Honk! Marching Band Festival In Somerville

Minor Mishap Marching Band of Austin, Texas. (Greg Cook)

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For the eighth annual Honk! music festival, some two dozen marching bands paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge this afternoon. They came from as close as Somerville and as far away as Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Rio de Janeiro, and London, England. The procession also included activists like Veterans for Peace and a group calling for “human rights for Tibet.”

Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)

Extraordinary Rendition Band from Providence. (Greg Cook)

DJA-Rara of Brooklyn. (Greg Cook)

DJA-Rara of Brooklyn. (Greg Cook)

Banners calling for people to “Reclaim the streets for horns, bikes, and feet” lead the parade. (Greg Cook)

Banners calling for people to “Reclaim the streets for horns, bikes, and feet” lead the parade. (Greg Cook)

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago. (Greg Cook)

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago. (Greg Cook)

Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club from New Orleans. (Greg Cook)

Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club from New Orleans. (Greg Cook)

A giant firebird puppet—with smoking breath—by Artisan’s Asylum of Somerville flies through Harvard Square. (Greg Cook)

A giant firebird puppet—with smoking breath—by Artisan’s Asylum of Somerville flies through Harvard Square. (Greg Cook)

Rude Mechanical Orchestra of New York waved flags reading “People over profit$.” (Greg Cook)

Rude Mechanical Orchestra of New York waved flags reading “People over profit$.” (Greg Cook)

Bread and Puppet Theater of Glover, Vermont, paraded a ship of daffodils. (Greg Cook)

Bread and Puppet Theater of Glover, Vermont, paraded a ship of daffodils. (Greg Cook)

Minor Mishap Marching Band of Austin, Texas. (Greg Cook)

Minor Mishap Marching Band of Austin, Texas. (Greg Cook)

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band of Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band of Somerville. (Greg Cook)

The Expandable Brass Band from Northampton. (Greg Cook)

The Expandable Brass Band from Northampton. (Greg Cook)

Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace carried banners calling to “Stop the war on Mother Earth” and to “Honor the Whistleblower/Prosecute the War Criminals/Free Chelsea Manning.” (Greg Cook)

Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace carried banners calling to “Stop the war on Mother Earth” and to “Honor the Whistleblower/Prosecute the War Criminals/Free Chelsea Manning.” (Greg Cook)

Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville. (Greg Cook)

Dirty Water Brass Band from Somerville. (Greg Cook)

A dragon was part of a group promoting Somerville Open Studios. (Greg Cook)

A dragon was part of a group promoting Somerville Open Studios. (Greg Cook)

Rude Mechanical Orchestra of New York. (Greg Cook)

Rude Mechanical Orchestra of New York. (Greg Cook)

A giant puppet. (Greg Cook)

A giant puppet. (Greg Cook)

A group calling for “Human rights for Tibet.” (Greg Cook)

A group calling for “Human rights for Tibet.” (Greg Cook)

Os Siderais of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, parades through the throng at Harvard Square. (Greg Cook)

Os Siderais of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, parades through the throng at Harvard Square. (Greg Cook)