Not-So-Impromptu Tulip Parade made day shine

Grand marshals led a grand parade


April 12, 2023

Bill Reynolds

WELL CHOSEN GRAND MARSHALS – Not at all impromptu was the choice to honor Barbara and Brad Bradford as grand marshals for last week's Tulip Parade. Brad says the tulip yellow 1949 Jeepster, made by Willys-Overland in Toledo, Ohio, and lent by Vanessa Finch, was the perfect car on a less than perfect Saturday, weatherwise.

The 36th annual La Conner Kiwanis Not-So-Impromptu Tulip Festival Parade Saturday did not lay an egg.

That chore was left to the Easter Bunny, who did his usual egg-ceptional job at Pioneer Park a few hours before the downtown serpentine, which many onlookers afterward ranked among the best tulip parades since the late Kiwanian Luke Long first invited his Nile Temple cohorts to march down First Street without a permit in the 1980s.

Parade spectators included some who started in the Park at the La Conner Fire Department's Easter Egg Hunt. They hopped downtown to see an event that featured a lit...

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