New York’s Fifth Avenue might attract people from all over the world this time of year to participate in the Easter parade but for us, Snohomish continues to attract people from around the Puget Sound area for their 26th year.
The high school band “rocked” spectators, as did the freshman band and several King and Snohomish county drill teams.
For me, and anyone who wants some family fun on the eve of Easter, Snohomish is the place to be! Fifth Avenue may have more people parading in bonnets, but the creativity of Snohomish’s Easter bonnet participants is unrivaled.
This year after the parade, the bonnet contest showcased everything from the “traditional” to “glam” to “edible” hats. Yes, edible! An Easter bonnet made of “Peeps”! In addition, Ground Frog Day was still in peoples’ thoughts as many bonnets were themed with frogs, including a creative young man who made a “frog in shining armor” to top his chapeau. There were even some playful pooches in party hats!
Contestants in categories from 0-3, 4-10, teen and adult take this opportunity to enjoy themselves each year and Ray Cook, along with the Chamber of Commerce, provide a whimsical Easter basket float for contestants to ride down historic First Street.
The Snohomish Easter parade marches every year at 11 a.m. on the Saturday before Easter and I encourage you to make a plan to visit next year. Maybe make a hat and join the fun of the bonnet contest too. You will have a great time!