Saturday's tulip parade is a favorite local tradition


Anne Basye

NEW PAINTING AT NEW TULIP FARM – Getting ready for 2023 tulip tourists, Oscar Serrano adds the finishing touches to a mural of the Cascades at Garden Roslyn. "This place is so beautiful and I like painting murals," he says. Owner Ernesto Mendoza is at left.

It started as an impromptu event. Then it became not-so-impromptu.

These days the La Conner Kiwanis Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Parade on First Street is among the most visible and highly anticipated signs that spring – if not just around the corner – is certainly in the local zip code.

This year's serpentine is 2 p.m. April 8. Participants are to gather 30 minutes prior to start time at the La Conner Marina's south basin parking lot.

It started in 1987 with the late Luke Long, a La Conner Kiwanian and proud member of the Nile Temple Oriental Band, on a whim inviting his fellow Shri...

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