“This is the only Mardi Gras event in Western Washington that’s not just for grown-ups, doesn’t encourage alcohol, and doesn’t require a cover charge,” said Valerie Stafford, president of the Concrete Chamber. “Everyone is welcome to be in the parade or just watch from the side. The only rule is to keep it fun and family-friendly.”
The founders of the event are Tim Cooley and Sharon Feller. Cooley, a past vice-president of the Concrete Chamber, owned the Cajun Bar & Grill when he dreamed up the “almost anything goes” event for the town. His wife, Sharon owns a dental practice in Concrete.
When asked why he started the decade-long tradition, Cooley has always answered, “Why not?!”
“Winter can be a challenging time in a small town,” said Stafford. “We like any excuse to get out, dance in the street and laugh with our friends and neighbors.”
This year the parade will start at 3:00 p.m. on east Main Street and end in Town Center, with the Encore Fitness Zumba Team dancing in the street prior to the parade. Music will be provided by Jumbled Pie of Marblemount.
There is no cost to enter the parade. Each entry should include the official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories.
Parade entry forms are available at the Chamber office in the Skagit County Resource Center and will also be available at line-up near the Concrete Post Office at 2:00 p.m.
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