Loyalty Day Parade and Wedding

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Ilwaco Loyalty Day Parade

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.

I surprised the Bride getting her hair done!
  I went on into the beauty salon and snapped her picture in the chair for posterity.  Jessica was laughing so hard she was crying.  Should make for an interesting entry in her wedding album!  I also got a great picture of her having a hot dog for her lunch.  No comment on what I told her as I was taking the picture!

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 bus to the Wedding Ceremony. A greyhound for Four!
  We got picked up at 4:00 there in what was described in a shuttle for the four of us at the beach house.  Turns out it was a Greyhound Bus!  It was huge.  They got the big bus so they could bring all the wedding folks back to the beach house later so all could go from there out to the beach for a bon fire after the dinner.  It just seemed funny at the time to have this huge bus for just the four of us.  Oh, and the iron in the picture with me in front of the bus is not a wedding present.  I had to return it to the hotel where I borrowed it earlier!

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 "I do's"

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.

Cooking up some dogs at the beach
  The bon fire was in a pit about 4 ft by 4 ft.  They had a pirate flag flying, a sound system set up for music, party lights on poles, and a bar!  It was chilly -- but so nice by the fire.  I had a few drinks made with Tequila Rose with a cousin of the bride down from Seattle -- and it seems I agreed to ride with her on the Seattle to Portland bike ride in July!  Guess I better keep to my training if I am going to do the 160 some miles in two days!

 

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Ilwaco Loyalty Day Parade
Ilwaco Loyalty Day Parade
I surprised the Bride getting her …
I surprised the Bride getting her…
The bus to the Wedding Ceremony.  …
The bus to the Wedding Ceremony. …
The I dos
The "I do's"
Cooking up some dogs at the beach
Cooking up some dogs at the beach
Kids in the Parade
Kids in the Parade
Clown on Unicycle
Clown on Unicycle
Outhouse Float!  I kid you not!!
Outhouse Float! I kid you not!!
More Clowns
More Clowns
More Clowns
More Clowns
Coast Guard at Parade
Coast Guard at Parade
Gorgeous flower
Gorgeous flower
heading out for the Blessing of th…
heading out for the Blessing of t…
Harbour Inn in Ilwaco; site of the…
Harbour Inn in Ilwaco; site of th…
Groom and Bride watch the Grooms …
Groom and Bride watch the Groom's…
Ringing the bell to announce the m…
Ringing the bell to announce the …
Port Bistro Restaurant where Weddi…
Port Bistro Restaurant where Wedd…
Paul with clam chowder
Paul with clam chowder
Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake
Our bonfire at the beach
Our bonfire at the beach
Brides niece conks out.
Bride's niece conks out.
The fire pit
The fire pit
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