Saturday, April 25, 2009

Peacetown Parade

Sebastopol celebrate apple blossom time each spring in the last weekend of April. I'm very grateful to live in this town where we know so many many people.

The Chamber of Commerce organizes a weekend full of events that feature among many other events:
  • an art show on Friday night,
  • a 2 hour long parade that shuts down Main Street Saturday morning,
  • a festival in Ives Park that includes a crafts fair, live music on two stages, and
  • lots of tasty festival food.

The City Council. That's Mayor Sarah crossing over towards the camera.


Sarah and I marched Saturday's parade route twice, first as part of the Sebastopol City Council's entry. We quickly walked back to the start and joinedthe Love Choir's entry just as they entered the street. We sang a favorite Negro spiritual, "Down by the Riverside," and John Lennon's "All You Need is Love" as we made our way down the parade route.

Jim Corbett a.k.a. "Mr. Music" led the singing from atop the float.
Jim was named 2009 Sebastopol Citizen of the Year a few months ago.



We must have sounded good: The Love Choir won the Grand Prize.






Current and former students.
Pictured here left to right are Rylee, Mr. Gurney, Max, and Logan

11 comments:

Sarah Lulu said...

Dan, sounds like you had a truly blessed time!

I'm so happy for you.

One day I would like to visit where you live to see it for myself.

Delwyn said...

Dan,
Apple Blossom festival sounds so lovely...
that parade concept is an American institution - the closest we get is the Gay Mardi Gras parade in Sydney - oh and maybe a Christmas parade in some towns.

I remember my mother taking us to the annual Christmas parade in Christchurch - such excitement to see all the floats.

Your day looks like good wholesome fun.

Delwyn said...

Today I am thankful that summer returned and gave us 30* so that paddling late this afternoon was a joy...

(save for the soupy bit at the rivermouth - where it was coming in all directions...)

But to be on the water was so peaceful...

Barry said...

We are so early into spring and outdoor community events are still months away. My neighbours and I were out cutting the grass for the first time yesterday, but that's not quite the same thing as an Apple Blossom Festival.

Dan Gurney said...

Sarah Lulu, yes we had a blast. If you do come to California, you'll have to look us up.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn,

Yes, there's something about parades in America. They ARE fun, I must say. I think it's much more fun to BE in a parade rather than to watch one. It's been a long time since we sat as spectators.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, you're lucky, very lucky to get out on the water as often as you do. It's just now getting warm enough here to start thinking about going sailing or kayaking.

Katherine said...

Lovely idea. My old hometown had a 'Blossom Parade' each spring - floats and carnival, and Highland dancing, clowns, all the works. We used to help people from my father's work decorate floats. It was so exciting to me, I used to almost be sick on the morning of the day. Just about everyone would be on the streets... This is the stuff children's (especially) memories are made of.

Anonymous said...

We love the picture! Thanks for always including us in your personal stuff..The Poncia's...

Dan Gurney said...

Katherine,

Yes, parades are so much fun. I'm surprised they're not done more frequently and all over the world.

Dan Gurney said...

Poncias,

It was nice to see you last week, and even tonight at Fircrest. Small world, isn't it?