Marysville’s Strawberry Festival is the first parade in the annual Seafair season. I think you have to live in Washington State awhile before you can understand or appreciate a wacky tradition of watching evening parades in the chilly rain. This year’s theme was “Just Imagine.”
Seafair is a celebration of pirates. Yes, there is alcohol involved.
It’s not the Rose Parade. . .not even close! This float is a plug for New Westminster, BC, Canada’s Hyack Festival.
Cashmere, WA sent a bevy of beauties to invite folks to visit. It is a tiny town in the Cascade Mountains.
Puyallup, WA sent their Daffodil Festival Queen. You’ve got to be a local to know how to pronounce Puyallup.
The Emerald Queen float is plugging a casino rather than another parade. We have a lot of casinos here.
Prosser, WA, which is in wine country, sent a float of fairies.
These friendly folks were in Marysville to promote Lakefair, the festival in Thurston County which is home to our state capitol in Olympia.
The I Cheer kids were my favorites. I found them practicing with enthusiasm and gusto before the start of the parade. Too cute.
These motorcyclists put on quite a show which I didn’t get to see because we were at the tail end of the parade. I found an extensive gallery of parade photos on the Marysville Globe site.
I was out in the rain waiting for the parade to start and taking these photos because I support Millie Judge, an amazingly brilliant attorney and steadfast champion of domestic violence survivors. She is running for superior court judge in Snohomish County, and I just love that she’ll be Judge Judge after the election.
Mary McNaughton, who is running for state representative, and her supporters joined us on our float which was a hayride. Ms. McNaughton is a nurse, Army veteran, and sexual assault survivor.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. McNaughton at a judicial candidate evaluation session and having an in-depth conversation with her during the parade. I will be supporting her too.