Sunday, April 13, 2014

The 68th Apple Blossom Parade ~ April 12, 2014

This weekend is the 68th annual Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival. It started off with the quintessential home town parade down Main Street. Attendees frequently set up their lawn chairs and towels along the curbs in the wee hours of the morning and then come back at parade time to set up camp. We parked near the festival site and walked the mile or so up to the staging area at Analy HS to find our ride. Along the way we found a new addition to the lawn chair contingent. Only in Sebastopol!

The heart of small town parades are marching bands, horses, llamas, floats, kids groups and vintage cars. Ours is no different. 

Photo credit ~ John Burgess

Photo Credit ~ Nancy Fastenau

Photo Credit ~ Nancy Fastenau

I volunteer at the Legacy Thrift Shop (sewing, knitting and artisans supplies) that supports the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. We got to ride in the Senior Center contingent of vintage cars in a red 67 Camero rag-top.

 The Letterman and the Hippie Girl

Photo credit ~ Nancy Fastenau

It doesn't matter if your a kid, an adult, or a senior citizen everyone loves a parade. Our contingent was near the front, so once done our driver let us off at the end of the route and we walked back down town to watch. By the end of the day we'd logged 3 miles. 

We didn't stop at the fair today because we're going down Sunday for the Red, White and Blues Festival to see David Luning, Gator Nation, Janiva Magness and Joe Louis Walker to name a few. Should be a fine afternoon.