No Tulip Parade but … local color substitutes


March 17, 2021

Kim Rubenstein and Linda Banaszak (owner of Caravan Gallery and Blue Pots flowers manager for this endeavor) dropping off the La Conner Regional Library's blue pot March 11. They set the empty pot on our front porch because it was so heavy. Then they filled it with daffodils and tulips. – Photo courtesy of Katryna Barber

A dozen La Conner shop windows are in flower as organizers prepare for a somewhat restrained Tulip Festival.

“Last spring, our flower growers lived through multiple contingency plans that ended in ‘we can’t,’” said Cindy Verge, executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

This year is all about “we can,” she says, although beloved events like the Kiwanis Salmon Barbeque and La Conner Tulip Parade are on hold for one more year.

In place of the usual lineup of town pets, farm animals, bands and personalities, a virtual county-wide “Tulips on Parade” is planned. La...

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