Friday, July 8, 2016

Anacortes "Fourth of July" Parade

We had been looking forward to the Anacortes' version of a traditional American Fourth of July Parade.  The town did not disappoint us, it was entertaining, informative and we really enjoyed it.  The parade involved patriotic displays of the United States Flag with military color guard, the local high school and middle school bands, local law enforcement and fire departments, politicians and some business floats.  There were Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, baton twirlers, cheerleaders, equestrians, fancy cars and kids on decorated bikes, all typical parade participants.  However, there were some units that did stand out to us. Here are some highlights.

A 1959 or 1958 Corvette that looks like new!

Beautifully restored Chrysler Imperial

The Soroptimist Thrift Shop's float with accompanying volunteers pushing patriotically decorated walkers. Yes, that was a hoot!

A really cool restored Jeep

The colorful "Pixie" Ladies dancing to a happy tune.

A very clean, partially restored 1968 Chevrolet Truck

Dancing Anacortes Beer Bottles

There was very impressive display of restored military vehicles.  These are just a few of them, I'm guessing they were from a private collection.

Serendipity showed up when our RVing friends, John and Suzanne landed in the same RV park as us.  Imagine our surprise when we all ran into one another as they were checking in for their 2 month stay.  We had not seen them since our time together in Florida April 2015. We celebrated The Fourth together at the Anacortes "Seafarers Waterside Town Park".
We all sat bundled up to ward off the chilly wind while we listened to the band and waited for the Anacortes Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.  The band and fireworks were fantastic and catching up with our friends, even better.

More later..
Our whale watching trip from San Juan Island.

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