No parade in Anacortes would be complete without a boat or two. Pictured here are two young crewmen aboard the “Glide,” one of several vessels owned and operated by the OARS group. Also preparing for the program were some of the members of the Anacortes Little League Softball Majors All-Star team. Major contributors to the festive atmosphere of the parade were members of the Anacortes High School Marching Band. Sponsor of the holiday event is the Anacortes Women of Today, represented in the parade by a group of young “women of tomorrow.”
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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