Started in 1891, the Jibboom Cub Society consisted of men who sailed on at least one whaling expedition. It was a social club that met in various locations in New London. Each year, they held a parade on Washington's Birthday. It included a float designed like a whaling ship with King Neptune and his minions. The Jibboomers would march down State Street where they would stop in front of City Hall. The mayor would meet them with cigars and sometimes a speech. Often there was a mock whale that was harpooned on the streets. The parade continued until 1950's when the members of the club dwindled.
Come see this interesting and fun reenactment of New London history!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
11:00 am Jibboom Club Parade
Location: Downtown New London, CT
(Bank Street to Water Street)
Starts on Bank Street near Fire Station / Shaw Mansion
Marches down Bank Street
Mayor greets JIbboomers in front of Parade at State Street
Parade turns down Water Street
Ends at Custom House for annual Chowda Fest
Parade contingents include:
Jibboom Club Members played by Flock Theatre
King Neptune and his minions
Papier-mache whale from Mystic Seaport
Ancient Mariners Fife & Drum Corp (http://www.ancientmarinersct.com)
Ladies' Seamen's Friend Society
...and more to be announced!
In the spirit of the Charles W Morgan, "Built on Blubber"
is a program about the whaling industry in New London. It includes the JIbboom Club Parade, walking tours, exhibits, theatre productions, and Chowda Fest. It is brought to you by New London County Historical Society, Custom House Maritime Museum, New London Landmarks, Flock Theatre, and New London Main Street.
Details on all events at:
Read David Collins column in The Day from May 11, 2014: