Loyalty Day Parade and Wedding
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Just as we got to Ilwaco from Cape Disappointment, the children's parade for Loyalty Days started. It was a great small town parade. Plenty of children, bikes, clowns, fire trucks, horses and the Coast Guard. There was even a float with an outhouse for some sewage treatment company! The clowns were kind of scary, but the rest of the parade was cute, particularly the kids. The weather had turned out sunny and warm by this point in the day, so it was a good day for a parade.
We walked on to the Port area to the farmer's market that was open now on Saturday. It was all along the port fronting the Columbia River and had some interesting things. The only thing I bought though was a hot dog!
We ran into the Bride to Be's mother (Juana) while we were eating our hot dogs -- the Bride to Be (Jessica) was getting her hair done for the ceremony.
In addition to the parade, today was also the day of the blessing of the fleet. Traditionally, all the fishing boats go out into the River and take flowers to be thrown into the sea and they receive a blessing from the priest who accompanies them. It is to give a blessing for the coming fishing season and all boats and fisherman. We watched as several boats made there way down the river and to the blessing.
Paul and I headed back to the beach house to get ready for the wedding ceremony.
The wedding took place at the Inn at Harbour Village. It's a very nice place -- very cozy. It has new management from England and they were very friendly and accomodating to all the wedding party and guests.
The wedding was small, very informal, intimate and lovely. The couple (Jessica and Skot) walked around the circle of family and friends at the wedding (only 27 of us) and introduced everyone told why there were important to them. The guests were also encouraged to say something. It was a nice start to the ceremony. The minister who officiated was a friend of the Skot's from way back. Nice that she could do that for them.
After the ceremony and some quick pictures, it was off to the restaurant, Port Bistro, for dinner. The dinner was really amazing -- great salad, clam chowder and salmon or steak for entree. We had wedding cake for dessert. After some obligatory toasting, it was off to the bus and the beach house for the bon fire!
Skot and his friends set up an amazing party at the beach.