Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Skagit Valley Berry-Dairy & Loggerodeo Kiddie Parades From Long Ago
When we were little kids my mom and dad had themselves a real good time building floats for us kids to parade on.
I remember one year my brother and I were Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble with my sister being Wilma. My dad made a very well done Flintstone mobile which my brother and I pulled while my sister rode.
Weeks before being Yogi Bear in the Sedro-Woolley parade we were on the same float in the Burlington Berry-Dairy Day's Kiddie Parade.
Actually, if I'm remembering correctly, I think at that point in time the kid floats were part of the main parade, not a separate Kiddie's Parade, in Burlington.
There were prizes given to the floaters. Us kids took it for granted that we would win. And we did.
The first Berry Dairy parade I was in it was not on a float. Mom and dad decorated my bike. I have a picture of me and that bike and a couple other floats.
None of us kids, except for my little sister, were on the HUGE Strawberry float. My dad was inside the HUGE Strawberry, pushing it, creating puzzlement among the parade watchers as to what was motoring that HUGE Strawberry.
If I remember right it was the HUGE Strawberry float that was the float that had trouble getting over the railroad tracks that crossed the parade route.
I wonder if there are pictures in existence of the Flintstone and HUGE Strawberry floats?
As the decades passed the Kiddie's Parades became much more mundane. I don't know if, in this century, Sedro-Woolley and Burlington still have Kiddie Parades.