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Honk if you love HONK!

Posted by Dan Wasserman  October 6, 2008 12:10 PM

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HONK!, the annual festival of activist street bands, marches into Davis Square, Somerville, this coming Columbus Day weekend, Oct 10 to 12. The three-day celebration features bands from around the world that specialize in brass, rhythm, progressive causes and street-filling merriment.

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This detail is part of a huge anti-globalization banner proudly flown at HONK! 2007 It was work of the Beehive Design Collective of Machias Maine. Other graphics at the fest include an array of exuberant t-shirts, posters and the outrageous costumes adorning many of the marchers. Few street protests have looked or sounded so good.

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At last year's HONK!, the Pink Puffers of Rome (above) displayed their horns, their plumage and a picture of their patron saint.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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