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Twisp has a terrific Fourth of July Parade! No doubt about it. It celebrates lots of stuff that folks around her love – horses, dogs, firefighters, EMT’s, kids doing fun stuff, our local non profits, and even the 30th anniversary of a first date. It’s all so positive!



Methow Arts Fest happens right after the parade. For Arts Fest photos, see my gallery on Facebook. Hopefully that link takes you to a public gallery on Facebook.

I am quite certain that Twisp hosts one of the best small town parades around. It has horses, music (played by small children with violins), dogs, political causes and lots of fun. What more could you want?

Twisp has the best parade! Every Fourth of July folks are encouraged to dress up, bring a float of some kind or a horse or a wagon or whatever strikes their fancy and join the parade. There are no marching bands or fancy flower-covered floats – just home grown and mostly locally designed parade entries. A few horses, fire engines, sports cars and local organizations and lots of kids. Dogs too. Folks seem to want to bring their dogs to the parade. It’s better than leaving them in hot cars in the summer but most dogs don’t seem all that entertained by the show unless they are part of it.

Immediately following the parade, The Methow Arts Fest happened in the Twisp Park at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow Rivers. You can see my photos of that other fun Fourth of July event here.


Methow Valley Pridefest celebrated LGBT Pride Month in Winthrop yesterday with a parade and fun afternoon in the park. The parade went through downtown, across the Chewuch River and ended up in Mac Lloyd Park next to the Barn on highway 20. Methow Valley Pride is creating a place where the LGBT community and allies come together to honor the history of the movement and celebrate diversity! With the recent Supreme Court ruling, this was an especially celebratory day! It was a colorful day with smiles and laughter all around.



Yesterday Twisp celebrated Independence Day with a homegrown parade. Participants gathered at Twisp Works to prepare for the four block march down Glover Street. There were lots of dogs, bicycles, some horses, Roller Derby Girls, polticians, old cars and firefighters. It was a perfect day for a parade.

His parade face

It’s an election year

Vote with your feet

Not sure what they are voting for

Appropriately dressed spectators

Derby Girls don’t like candy under their skates

There goes the winner of the Doggie Dash!

Cast members from The Music Man hamming it up

The theme of the day was Superheroes

Why is this man smiling? He is running for office.

Firefighters – true Superheroes!


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