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Pleasant Ridge neighbors band together for July 4th parade


IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS – Kalani Sanders, on bicycle, is reviewing this impromptu July 4th parade’s route with chief navigator Sadie Oczkewicz before giving the go-ahead. The Pleasant Ridge Parade lineup proceeded south on Valentine Road. The holiday turnout, which ranged from children’s wagons to La Conner fire trucks, far surpassed expectations. – Photo courtesy of Debbie Denton

With COVID-19 having scuttled a downtown La Conner Independence Day parade, neighbors on Pleasant Ridge put together a holiday serpentine of their own – one smaller, but still festive and with many participants’ masks accentuating red, white and blue garb.

The vintage white La Conner fire truck helped lead the way south from the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery on Valentine Road, joined by tractors, all-terrain vehicles, children riding bicycles or being pulled in wagons, family cars and trucks and included 95-year-old sage Fred Mesman on his electric scooter.

“I was amazed at the turnou...

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