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Mason County Forest Festival’s Paul Bunyan Parade




Each year, since 1945, the Paul Bunyan Parade is held in Shelton, Washington, as part of the Mason County Forrest Festival. The parade theme for 2013 was "Enchanted Forest." As part of a local R/C club, I participate in putting together a float for the parade. The parade also gives me a wonderful opportunity to talk with other participants and take some images with my digital camera.

I am always at the parade's staging area early. After the float is ready, I do a walkabout in order to watch others prepare for the parade and to capture some images: I love looking behind the stage, as it were.

The Paul Bunyan parade celebrates Shelton's forest-related history. The parade is, to this day, also a family oriented event. School bands, youth organizations (like 4-H and boy/girl scouts) are represented in the parade and the spectators include children of all ages. Of course, war veterans are always honored at the front of the parade. For an old-time, small-town parade, it's hard to beat Shelton's Paul Bunyan Parade.

I hope you enjoy this gallery of images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.



Gallery


Walkabout Before the Parade

Babe the Blue Ox

Babe the Blue Ox

Americana

Old-Time Parade

Friends of Willie & Joe

Friends of Willie & Joe

North Queens Drill Team

North Queens Drill Team

North Mason High School Bulldogs Marching Band Warm Up

North Mason High School Bulldogs Marching Band Warm Up

Hawkins Middle School Marching Band Form Up

Hawkins Middle School Marching Band Form Up

Base Drummers Ready to March

Base Drummers Ready to March

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County and Friend

Member of Equestrienne of Mason County and Friend

Fairy and Unicorn from the Enchanted Forrest

Fairy and Unicorn from the Enchanted Forrest

Directing the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

Directing the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

The Parade

Paul Bunyan Does the Limbo Under the Street Light

Paul Bunyan Does the Limbo Under the Street Light

Paul Bunyan

Paul Bunyan

Forrest Festival Royalty

Forrest Festival Royalty

2010 Forrest Festival Queen

2010 Forrest Festival Queen

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts

Clowning Around

Clowning Around

Wildcatz All-Star Cheer

Wildcatz All-Star Cheer

Somersaulting Wildcatz

Somersaulting Wildcatz

Enchantment from the Enchanted Forrest

Enchantment from the Enchanted Forrest

Fairy and Pixie from the Enchanted Forrest

Fairy and Pixie from the Enchanted Forrest

Classic Ford from Yesteryear Car Club

Classic Ford from Yesteryear Car Club

Sanderson Field R/C Flyers

Sanderson Field R/C Flyers

R/C Planes Galore

R/C Planes Galore

Cool Wheels

Cool Wheels

Afifi Shriners Fire the Canon...

Afifi Shriners Fire the Canon

...Other Shriners Catch the Dummy

Catching the Dummy

Shelton Rotary Clowns

Shelton Rotary Clowns

North Mason 4-5th Grade Band

North Mason 4-5th Grade Band

2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Washington

2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Washington

Olympic Middle School Band

2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Washington

Grays Harbor Indoor Pro Rodeo

Grays Harbor Indoor Pro Rodeo

Southside School Mascot

Southside School Mascot

Joyful Fairy

Joyful Fairy

Spreading Happiness

Spreading Happiness

Candy Scramble

Candy Scramble

Take a Bow for a Great Parade

Take a Bow for a Great Parade

Balloon Release at Parade’s End

Balloon Release at Parade End

About the Images

The images were taken with a Canon Rebel T3i. My primary lens is the Canon EF-S60mm f/2.8 MACRO USM. See "A New Photographic System for an Old Photographer" for more information about my photographic system.