The 4th Annual Crucolo Cheese Parade

At this parade you can celebrate, sample, and buy cheese

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

The 4th Annual Crucolo Cheese Parade returns Dec. 5.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a cheese parade. For the fourth year in a row, the Crucolo Cheese Parade will be held in Concord, Mass. This year, the parade — always held on the first Thursday of December — will be taking place Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m.

Here’s the order of events at the parade: There will be a horse-drawn cart with 400 pounds of Crucolo cheese followed by one of the members of the Purin family, makers of the Crucolo cheese.

Following the grand opening ceremony, parade participants can enjoy watching Crucolo Dancers from Concord Academy perform, as the cheese is "loudly serenaded by an Italian chorale group."

The Crucolo is "rolled from the horse cart to a stage, as if bridging the Old World with the New World."

On the sidewalk, people can pose with the giant cheese, while inside The Concord Cheese Shop, cheese lovers can to purchase Crucolo for about $20 a pound. The entire 400-pound wheel will also be sold before Christmas, for a price not yet released.

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The Cheese Shop carries as many as 200 types of cheese from marinated goat buttons to fresh French chèvre, and is known to offer generous samples of all the different cheeses. In addition, they also have options for sandwiches, soups, and salads — enough to feed the more than 1,000 parade guests anticipated to attend this year’s Crucolo Cheese Parade.