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Politicians on parade in Bristol

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BRISTOL, Vt. -

A group of clowns demonstrated a different way of killing brain cells this Fourth of July-- drumming on their heads-- as Bristol's parade rolled through the Addison County town. Onlookers say they enjoyed the unique display.

"I don't know if you would call it a float but those drumming clowns were pretty awesome. I thought that was pretty cool," said Nate Carr of Charlotte.

"I love the horses, I have to say the horses are my favorite," said Heather Barry of Shoreham.

The parade included plenty of traditional displays while politicians pounded the pavement, connecting with voters, and in search of November votes. Gov. Peter Shumlin has made public appearances all over the state this summer, but insists his re-election campaign won't begin until the next major holiday: Labor Day. His Republican challenger Scott Milne walked in Colchester, one day after disclosing his personal problems with alcohol and other drugs during college in an effort to put the story behind him. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott joined Milne in Colchester, as Addison County's Republicans carried signs for the incumbent in Bristol. They followed Scott's challenger, Progressive Dean Corren, as he waved to the public and our cameras. Local candidates turned out in high numbers.

"I think that they make good eye contact and they're saying hello to everybody," Barry said.

"I love to see it, we've got a great state and everybody participates in politics the best they can," Carr said.

Reporter Kyle Midura: Any chance them showing up in the Bristol parade could actually influence your vote?

Heather Barry: Sure.

"Seeing them in a parade isn't going to change my mind but I like to see them coming out," Carr said.

Not every community welcomes politicians in parades, though. When Northfield's Labor Day celebration rolls along, they can only take part as spectators, creating separation between the state's political and celebratory traditions.

But back in Bristol, the only boundaries are the spectators lining the streets.

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