Only octogenarians allowed in this Lyme July 4th parade quartet

A group of musical friends, from left, Stuart Ingersoll, 82, Ken Canfield, 82, Red Anderson, 80, and Arthur Doran, 82, play patriotic tunes from their tractor-drawn wagon as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014.
A group of musical friends, from left, Stuart Ingersoll, 82, Ken Canfield, 82, Red Anderson, 80, and Arthur Doran, 82, play patriotic tunes from their tractor-drawn wagon as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo

Lyme - At precisely 10:24 a.m., the skies over Hamburg indeed opened and the promised rain fell.

Too bad, Mother Nature.

The Lyme 4th of July Parade, which started at 10 on the dot with cannon and musket volleys, was already over. Participants and attendees were munching hot dogs and hamburgers, provided by the town's Parks and Recreation department, under a tent by The Grange.

"We thought we could get it in before the weather," said committee member Heidi Meyer. "We're pretty sure it's one of the shortest - but best - parades in the world."

Spectators line Cove Road to watch as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014.
Spectators line Cove Road to watch as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
Rowan Cantner, 2, watches parade participants pass by from the arms of his father, Matt, as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014.
Rowan Cantner, 2, watches parade participants pass by from the arms of his father, Matt, as Lyme holds its 4th of July parade through the streets of Hamburg as threatening weather looms Friday, July 4, 2014. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
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