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This giant trout was created by local artist Bud Wertheim.

Story and photos by Carol Montana
The Catskill Chronicle

As hundreds of people lined Main Street in Livingston Manor, some dressed in very fishy attire, the 6th Annual Trout Parade kicked off. The parade began at Livingston Manor Central School, winding up at at Bicentennial Park – an appropriate place since the Town of Rockland is celebrating its 200th year.

Sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, the event raises funds – through vendor fees and the sale of T-shirts and posters – to benefit arts and music programs at Livingston Manor Central School. So, as you can see, it wasn’t a shellfish affair.

CM Paprika - 2copy Pre-parade music was provided by Paprika, an all-female band from Brooklyn.

As international dance music filled the air, folks from all over filled the street and tasty smells from neighboring restaurants filled the senses.

Visitors were treated to fine (but fishy) art, which lined many of the store windows created by the school students.   CM Storefronts

Over 20 organizations took part in the parade; many dressed in costumes that echoed the fishy theme. The Catskill Puppet Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, Creative Expressions Dance Studio, The Mountaintones, 4-H, and many more marched and twirled, fished and swirled, as they threw candy to watching children.

The parade went to the dogs with the appearance of many four-footed members of the Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue group.

Following the parade, fish and folk of all kind gathered in Bicentennial Park to hear the tall tales of local legend Johnny Darling and see demonstrations of fly casting and fly tying.

CM HookedIt was a parade with a porpoise – participants and watchers alike were involved – hook, line and sinker.

To see more photos from the parade visit the Catskill Chronicle on Zenfolio.

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