Small Town Parades

Small town parades are one of the great joys of living in Anacortes. Sure, it is mostly classic cars, candy, kids on bikes, and shameless commercialism (although this guy spiced it up, making me feel better about bowing out of my two year tradition). But chances are, you know somebody in at least one of the troupes which always makes it fun. Plus, walking down the streets, you are bound to run into people you haven't seen in a while, and it is always good to catch up.

One of the bummers that gets me every year is the on-it's-way-to-the-trash-heap crap that Shell Oil and others insist on throwing to the masses. Stop by Kiwanis the week after the parade, and I bet you'll find hundreds of those unthrowable frisbees stuck in purgatory on the shelves. And those are the ones that didn't end up the garbage, like I'm sure the majority of them did. Also, do we really need to pretend we are New Orleans and do the beads thing? The plastic crap is one aspect of the parade I could do without.

On the up side, however, there was a pleasant counterpoint, a new addition to this year's parade. A troupe advocating carbon reduction marched along advocating living in harmony with nature, using bikes and public transportation, and more*. Star of their group was the much talked about electric car.

Yep, living in a small town ain't so bad at all. Top it all off with a top notch fireworks display this evening, and I'll pick Anacortes's Fourth of July any day.
Wednesday July 4 2007File under: Anacortes, pics

Toggle Comments (7)comment?
on Wed 04th Jul, 2007 09:30 pm PDT Cyndi said:
I like your tallness better!
on Wed 04th Jul, 2007 09:47 pm PDT Amanda said:
I'm so sad I didn't get to go to the parade this year- and I'm even more bummed that I missed the fireworks. Thank you for your lovely photographs.
on Thu 05th Jul, 2007 08:35 pm PDT Wilbur said:
I missed the parade...on purpose...but i did catch the fireworks...i could actually see em from my front yard! I was i sat on the bench and enjoyed them last night...awesome.
on Fri 06th Jul, 2007 12:06 pm PDT Sean said:
Holy crap it's July.
on Fri 06th Jul, 2007 06:09 pm PDT Sean said:
Sean, what's the deal with your frequent BdW commenting and your infrequent sirmaxalot commenting?? I thought the Marine Corps instilled loyalty and such. P.S. Why no stilt man this year, Wren?
on Fri 06th Jul, 2007 06:11 pm PDT Sean said:
(The above is from me. Sean is not chastising Sean yet, as far as I know, but the desert can do crazy things to people.)
on Fri 06th Jul, 2007 06:11 pm PDT Sean said:
From Christen: Why won't it let me use my name? Hmmm...

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