Patriots’ Day 2013

Our float theme was “We Dig Sustainability”, highlighting TLB’s permaculture theme for 2013.

Michele McCormick headed up the Patriots’ Day Parade project. The core team (Amy Jackson, Amy Robison, Bill Roley, Carey Strombotne, Joan McFarland, Kathie Jepson-Bernier, Linda Elbert, Sylvester Johnson, and Taylor Greene) had two parade concept meetings at The Lumberyard, where ideas were tossed around about the theme, float sketches were drawn, and everybody picked their to-do’s. The primary concept of a truck pulled by a bike of some sort and the concept of a truck with platform and garden was the design that the core team came up with at the beginning.

The core team met for two months on Saturdays and some Mondays, painting and mounting signs and banners and collecting materials for the float. Amy Jackson hosted two fun sign painting parties, where all the posters were created.

Sue Garber and her dear friend Wensday stayed up into the late hours of the night sewing the Queen Bee costume and gathering and designing materials to decorate the shovels, bikes, and hats. She also conceived and created the butterflies and bees up in the bed of the float. The worms were Chris Prelitz’ idea.

Amy Jackson procured the truck we used for the float.  Chris Prelitz and Taylor Greene constructed the float framing, and then attached the framing to the truck, built the platform and other structural additions, and did the initial decorating and prop layout. On the day of the parade, the crew arrived early and added the finishing touches, including plants from Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery.

It all came together in time for the parade.

The weather was gorgeous, just perfect for a parade! We were one of the last floats in the lineup, so we spent a couple of hours in the staging area taking pictures (our float driver, Charlie Brown, was trapped in the truck the entire time!).

As we traversed the parade route, we handed out packets of seeds to the onlookers, and the “spade brigade” did a little dance number with their decorated garden spades.  The Queen Bee (Meg Heisinger) waved, and the worms (the arms of Reed Preston and Kellen Uchizono) wriggled.  Lots of additional volunteers walked or biked alongside the float.  Cody Oakland filmed the event.

As it turns out, our parade entry won the President’s Theme Trophy and first place in the Community Service division! Click on the pictures below to see the float.

Many more photos are here and here.  We even have a video on our YouTube channel.  Thanks to Debra Oakland (as always) and Mike Altishin for their fabulous photos. You made us all look good!  Cody Oakland did the awesome video and commentary.

We ended with an after parade gathering at the Marine Room to hear the traditional bagpipe band play.  Then, Michele McCormick, Bill Roley, Sylvester Johnson, and Amy Robison stayed until sunset, dismantling the float.

Thanks to everyone who participated!!