29 Walden Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
The annual Crucolo Cheese Parade attracts over 1,000 adults and children, attracted to a spectacle that includes:
The arrival down the town’s main commercial street, by horse-drawn cart, of a 400 lb. wheel of Crucolo cheese, equal in diameter to a 3-year-old child.
The Crucolo is accompanied by a member of the Purin family, makers of Crucolo for the past 250 years. Its trip began in Scurelle, a town in the mountains of Trentino, Italy, where the cheese is made especially for this event.
The Crucolo Dancers, a troupe of exuberant Concord Academy teenagers, prance down the street in advance of the cheese. Simultaneously, the cheese is loudly serenaded by an Italian chorale group, while 1,000 excited onlookers brandish Italian flags.
A proclamation announcing Crucolo Day in Concord is read, Occupy Wall Street-style; a human megaphone echoing in English and Italian.
The Crucolo is rolled from the horse cart to a stage, as if bridging the Old World with the New World. It is then cut, sliced and distributed to the hungry crowd.
On the sidewalk people pose with the giant cheese, while inside The Concord Cheese Shop, cheese-lovers clamor to purchase Crucolo, which retails for about $20/lb. The entire 400-lb. wheel will be sold before Christmas.