Concord Academy students took part in the sixth annual Crucolo Parade down historic Main and Walden Streets to the Concord Cheese Shop on Thursday, December 3. Each year, town residents gather to celebrate the arrival of a gigantic 400-pound wheel of crucolo cheese from the mountain village of Scurelle, in northern Italy, where the Purin family has been crafting it for the past 200 years. A handful of towns in the U.S. receive shipments of giant wheels of crucolo, but only in Concord, Mass., is the cheese greeted with such fanfare. Cheese Shop proprietor Peter Lovis, donning a Tyrolean hat and waving an Italian flag, presided over the ceremonies, which included proclamations from town officials from Concord and Scurelle as the cheese reached the shop by horse-drawn wagon. CA students played music, marched, danced, and threw rose petals along the parade route, adding some chameleon spirit to this unique local tradition.