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Okommakamesit #2 has been mustering for 115 years

August 26, 2011


Actually the handtub is 125 years old. Originally built by Buton & Blake, it started its career in Marblehead in 1886. On Saturday, September 3, Marblehead will host a parade of antique firefighting equipment with marching bands ending at Reynolds Playground with a traditional “muster.” Teams of competitors pump as hard as they can and the winner is the team that shoots the farthest stream in 15 minutes. What can we say? This has been going on as long as there have been men and fire engines. Maybe longer. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Pleasant Street and Gerry Street (across from the Veterans’ Middle School). These musters are an honored New England tradition and are always fun to witness.

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