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La Conner Parade and Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the must do activities if you are visiting Seattle in the spring. This year the flowers bloomed early so when we arrived on April 9th there were fields in bloom as well as fields that had already been toped. It is always a delight to see acres and acres of tulips creating a carpet of vivid color that covers the earth and revels it contours.

After seeing a few tulips we headed to near by La Conner Washington to browse the shops a bit. Onur had never been to La Conner and Linda was looking for a particular shop that she gets a special soap at. The day turned out to be beautiful with lots of sun. After a little shopping and lunch we were lucky enough to catch the U. S. Bank No So Impromptu Tulip Parade which was put on in conjunction with the La Conner Kiwanis club. Most of the pictures below are of that parade.

(April 9th, 2005)

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Onur in front of a field of yellow and red tulips. The La Conner how a Town Crier competition on April 3rd. Maybe this guy was the winner. A police officer and ambulance start off the parade.
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Although I got plenty of good pictures I had to keep moving closer and closer to the parade as this guy keep moving in front of me.
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The parade ended with this classic boat. I didn't catch it in action, but, the boat's steam engine was running and the young boy in side was blowing the whistle.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Any use of these pictures without permission from the photographer is strictly prohibited. Email me to request permission to use any of these pictures or if you would like a higher resolution version.

Last updated: 4/17/05