DANVILLE — The Great American Brass Band Festival touts itself as small-town Americana, and it's hard to argue with the sight of fluttering flags and hundreds of people lining this historic Main Street to watch the parade go by.
Sure, there were the requisite politicians in cars, but even more brass bands, including the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, a clown brass band, Lexington's own March Madness Marching Band and the festival's headliners, The Stooges Brass Band of New Orleans.
"The festival is so special because it makes everyone here feel so involved," said Brian Farmer, on a break from chasing his 4-year-old daughter Katie and her friends around the grass on Centre College's campus. "The parade is open for everybody to join in."
And so they did, as the Stooges brought up the rear, spectators followed them down Main Street onto the Centre campus, where they joined in an impromptu jam session with the March Madness musicians.
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This is the second time the Stooges have traveled up from the Big Easy for the festival.
"This celebrates brass bands," said band member Walter Ramsey, "and the people are great."