Apple Blossom Parada 2012 - Bilde

For the past 66 years, as the apple trees bloom, my little town of Sebastopol, California hosts a ruckus festival and parade downtown and at Ives Park. Until recently, people were allowed to walk around with open containers of alcohol. While that is no longer permitted, heavy partying in the bars and at the park continues throughout the weekend. Sebastopol is a quarkly town that likes to do things their own way. Much of the proceeds to this annual event goes to our local schools. The Press Democrat photo above is from yesterday’s parade. Below is a poem I updated for the occasion.

The Apple Blossom Parade

In 1914,
The First Methodist Church,
with its bold wooden steeple,
was burnt to the ground,
for preaching prohibition.
The good folks,
of Sebastopol,
weren’t buying the sermons.
the Apple Blossom Parade,
marches past the rebuilt church,
past the Masonic Temple,
past Martha’s old Mexico,
selling soup bowl Margaritas,
past the Old Main Street Saloon,
overflowing with bikers,
past Jasper O’ Farrell’s,
The Hopmonk Tavern,
The Greenhouse, and G.T.O’s,
with their bottomless Bloody Marys.
Yes, as the apple trees bloom,
once again the entire town,
including marching bands,
and dachshunds in costumes,
spill past the restaurants and bars
into Ives Park,
for a two day party,
featuring Wonder Bread 5,
and six dollar beers.
All to support,
Analy Union High School.
No wonder,
Luther Burbank and Charles Schulz,
called Sebastopol their home.
And The First,
Methodist Church,
now made of stone,
is the only quiet place in town.

© 2012, DeanWalker. All rights reserved.

DeanWalker (10 Posts)


  1. Wonderful poem, Dean. Sebastopol must be a fabulous place to live. Most towns across the country have lost their innate charm, but it looks as though Sebastopol has not.

  2. What a loving tribute to your Sebastopol! Sounds like a good place to visit. :)

  3. Anya

    I enjoyed this immensely. :) The rhythm and pacing really contributed to the atmosphere of the parade and the contrast with the quiet church. :)

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