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Butter & Egg Day

April 17, 2011

Eight years ago I experienced my most memorable parade, the parade which all other parades would be compared to, upon arriving at San Juan Island in Washington (not too far from Seattle) on July 4th.  Stepping off the ferry into a Norman Rockwell-esq small town parade completely void of commercialism made me feel clean, pure and optimistic.  I began to form a loose unscientific theory around the ability to measure a communities character by their annual parade.

Petaluma’s annual event is called “Butter & Egg Day” and pays homage to the town’s farming community, from which it was founded.  The parade offered a few cows, local school marching  bands and your normal array of boy scout and brownie troops, yet thousands lined the streets enthusiastically displaying their sense of community pride and solidarity, concepts completely to foreign to me until this year.

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