President Elsa Núñez and her family joined WILI-AM radio personality Wayne Norman to march in the 26th Annual July 4th Boom Box Parade. Kim Silcox, director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), as well as student volunteers and CCE staff also marched as members of the Eastern contingent. Other participants in the parade, termed "the largest of its kind in the world" by the Willimantic Chronicle, were Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and State Sen. Don Williams.
The "S.S. EASTERN" float was shaped in the form of a boat on the high seas. Festooned with banners and flags, it drew loud cheers from the enthusiastic Main Street crowd. Maintainer Moises Flores and Maintenance Supervisor Jean-Pierre Godbout were on hand to assist the Eastern group and drive the float.