A relatively warm evening brought crowds to downtown Ashland for the 26th annual Festival of Light Celebration. As the crowd finished counting down from ten, Santa kicked off the holiday season, activating more than one million lights throughout town.
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Ashland is a community of striking contrasts, geographically and especially demographically, as these first two photos so perfectly illustrate. The great thing about Ashland is that more often than not, it works!
This community really knows how to come together for a holiday parade (we love our parades) and Halloween is no exception. I hope you have as much fun as we did!
Ashland really loves its parades and the community was out in full force this afternoon.
We scouted out a spot to enjoy the festivities, but soon found ourselves on our feet, not wanting to miss a thing.
Now that our home renovation project is complete, we took advantage of this beautiful fall morning to wander downtown…now only a ten minute walk! The local paper promised a lot of activity, and we wanted to enjoy the last bit of sunshine before the forecasted rain arrives. In true Ashland style, the day provided something for everyone. To fortify ourselves we indulged in a delicious cinnamon roll, irresistibly displayed at the Saturday Market.
We're learning that Ashland loves its parades. The fifth annual Southern Oregon Pride Festival hosted a parade through downtown this morning. A rollicking display of colorful entries with spirited participants filled the streets, waving and shouting to a cheering crowd.
We followed the parade to Lithia Park where more Pride events were planned. We continued beyond the festivities, enjoying the changing season as fall color took over.
To enjoy an all-American slice of life, what could be better than a good old fashioned parade? Well…maybe apple pie, but I'm sure Ashland offered a slice of that today too. The annual July 4th celebration kicked off at 10:15 this morning with a parade marching down East Main Street and into the heart of the city. We were told up to 14,000 out-of-town visitors were expected to attend the festivities today.
Locals started planning yesterday when blankets and tape began to appear on the downtown sidewalks. We'd been warned that if we wanted a curbside seat, we'd need to mark our territory. Maybe next year…today, we found a spot in the shade and stood with all the other latecomers.
The Ashland City Band set the mood with a selection of patriotic marches. We learned that their oldest member (a tuba player) is 97 years old. Unfortunately, he had to give up marching four years ago, but he still plays at the weekly Thursday night concerts in Lithia Park.