Sun 6 Jun 2010
The longest and one of the best-attended Western Weekend parades in years enjoyed blue skies and warm weather Sunday. There were, in fact, so many parade entries there’s room for only a sampling of their pictures here.
In undoubtedly the most impressive individual showmanship, Bonnie Porter of Inverness blows a kiss of fire. In her day job, she’s a computer techie.
The Aztec Dancers keep rhythm with the beat of a drum (next to centerline at rear).
West Marin School Dancers
Going to the parade as a family has a long tradition in West Marin.
Progressive politics and the Old West combine each parade in a Cowgirls for Peace entry.
Western Weekend Queen Ashley Arndt rides in a royal coach.
Barbara and Michael Whitt were parade marshals this year. Dr. Whitt has been a family physician in Point Reyes Station for almost 40 years.
Planned Feralhood’s entry with director Kathy Runnion riding on top, along with an assortment of feline ornamentation. The group catches and sterilizes feral cats, then returns them to their colonies and feeds them.
Planned Feralhood also maintains a shelter in Nicasio, where the most problematic cats are kept, but that shelter has until June 30 to move. It is looking to rent a spot that includes space which can be enclosed. Living space for two staff would be especially helpful, as would contributions to help pay moving expenses. For more about this please see my May 27 posting.
Grand Prize-winning float. El Radio Fantastique performs while rolling down the main street in a cabin on wheels.
Point Reyes Station Realtor Fred Rodoni Jr. rides in his late father’s 1970 Chevrolet Caprice.
Dancers having fun on an entry advertising Very Nice Firewood of Point Reyes Station.
The Nave Patrola annually spoofs the Italian Army, with the patrol’s soldiers marching chaotically and pausing to chant, “Il Duce.”
In the early 1970s, an official from the Italian Consulate in San Francisco complained to parade organizers, the West Marin Lions Club, that the patrol disparaged Italians, what with its seemingly confused marchers colliding with each other and going off in all directions.
Defenders of the patrol replied that many of the members are of Italian descent.