Who would have thought that taking a nice leisurely ride this weekend for eagle watching would land us in a Chicken Parade? As serendipity would have it, we arrived 30 minutes prior to when the big clucks were about to convene down the main street of Edison, Washington.
Edison’s population is a whopping 135. It was named after (you got it) the great inventor Thomas Edison. The town had decided about four years ago to have their parade in conjunction with the winter hawk count. This area is known for their bird habitat because of the second largest river in the area called the Skagit River. It is a flat open delta which attracts birds of all kind. In fact the count since started in 1989 has been close to 12,000!
We decided to stay because I wondered how the heck could anyone make chickens walk in a parade. We noticed the town’s two block street was filling up quickly with folks lined up on both sides of the little road anxiously awaiting the guests of honors. People dressed up in chicken outfits began their reconnaissance mission of making sure the street was ready for all the excitement. Even dogs were invited for the big day.
At approximately 12 noon the parade began. By 1210 pm it was all done! It was the greatest 10 minutes of my afternoon too. To be involved in the great annual chicken parade is hard to describe. I guess my pictures will have to do the talking, but I was real glad we made it even if it was a complete surprise!
Happy Cluckers to all of my readers!