It’s 1917 and the U.S. is sending its sons to fight in World War I. The people of Francestown respond with The Red Cross Carnival held on Labor Day 1917.

Now known as the Francestown Labor Day Carnival the tradition, including the town’s Labor Day Parade, continue to this day.

Monday Francestown is celebrating its 100th carnival and parade with the theme “The Last One Hundred Years”

The parade starts at 2 p.m. with registration starting at 1:30 p.m. Grand prize for the top float this year is $200.

If you need a float idea take a look at the past 100 years of the parade.

1917 inaugural parade: The town’s Concord Coach makes an appearance.

Don’t have a an old stage coach? Decorate your car with American flags like these folks did in 1918.


Tips from the 1920s: disguise your car as a Viking ship or a shrub.











1930s: Ok I have no idea what’s going on in this photo.

1940s: Don’t have a car? March around with waving American flags. U.S.A.!



1950s: Have a canoe and a tractor? Here’s an idea.


1960s: Dress up like your favorite band.



1970s: ? Mime on stilts?

1980s: Go full Lady Godiva.


… or diss Massachusetts

1990s: Remember a great moment in sports history.


… Again it helps if you own your own stage coach.


??? Ghost on stilts???

The 00s: Just ride your tractor through town. 


The 10s: Just go and have a good time!