The 21st Annual Tub Parade. The carriages (tubs) will start from Shakespeare & Co and will proceed up Kemble street to Walker and to Main Street then right on to Franklin and Church and to Main Street again. They will go around twice and then return to Kemble street and Shakespeare & Co. where there will be a short competition in driving in the field below the Tina Packer Playhouse and then the carriages will be on exhibit.
The Tub Parade is a beautiful display of festive carriages and horses decorated with flowers from various local landmarks. The parade is a tradition dating back to the Gilded Age of the Berkshires (late 1800’s). New England’s rich and famous owners of palatial summer “cottages” — the likes of Westinghouse, Carnegie and Proctor — established the friendly competition. In a form of highbrow “one-upmanship,” the wealthy summer residents would showcase their finest animals and carriages by covering them with the choicest selections from their gardens, and take them on parade.
After World War I, the Gilded era declined, and the parade ceased until the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society and the Lenox Chamber of Commerce revived the event 18 years ago. The parade goes through Lenox’s Main Street, then winds around the center of town twice. Kicking off at 1:30 PM, it generally lasts under an hour. There is no admission fee and all the event are a short walk from Brook Farm Inn Lenox Bed and Breakfast