Presented by Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA)
“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

Presented by GICCA

“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”

4th Annual Luminary Parade

4th Annual LUMINARY PARADE

With cool temperatures, but not a breath of wind, the parade of glowing orbs, birds, and other critters, set out to celebrate art and the environment. The participants in the 4th Annual Earth Day Luminary Parade marched (or danced) to the music from brass instruments. Weather never gets in the way of the luminary parade.  The first-year parade was held in 2017 with gray skies and rain all day, but just before the parade start time, the clouds parted, and Washington weather cooperated. 

 

That first parade had newcomer Gale Myles recruited to carry the “G” in Guemes… this year she returned with her flock of homeschool students who joined the parade with glowing globes of paper and light. This next generation of artists loved learning how to build luminary globes. They marched with enthusiasm! 

 

In looking back on the experience, Gale recalls that “I was sold on Guemes after that 1st Parade. The gathering and the joy – the lights in the dark along the water. What more could anyone ask for! I never wanted the night to end.”

 

Loalynda Bird is the inspiration behind this Guemes tradition. She leads by example and has inspired the growth of this beautiful art form. Since the first island parade in 2017, the numbers have increased every year… except for a COVID-19 break in 2020 and 2021. The 2022 parade had swans, orcas, jellyfish, chambered nautilus, great blue heron plus lots of fish and stars. 

 

 

Prior to Earth Day 2023, Loalynda plans to open her “Paper Birds Studio” to teach more luminary building classes. Her joy of the art form and love of teaching make the classes inspiring and fun. 

 

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4th Annual LUMINARY PARADE

With cool temperatures, but not a breath of wind, the parade of glowing orbs, birds, and other critters, set out to celebrate art and the environment. The participants in the 4th Annual Earth Day Luminary Parade marched (or danced) to the music from brass instruments. Weather never gets in the way of the luminary parade.  The first-year parade was held in 2017 with gray skies and rain all day, but just before the parade start time, the clouds parted, and Washington weather cooperated. 

That first parade had newcomer Gale Myles recruited to carry the “G” in Guemes… this year she returned with her flock of homeschool students who joined the parade with glowing globes of paper and light. This next generation of artists loved learning how to build luminary globes. They marched with enthusiasm! 

In looking back on the experience, Gale recalls that “I was sold on Guemes after that 1st Parade. The gathering and the joy – the lights in the dark along the water. What more could anyone ask for! I never wanted the night to end.”

 

 

Loalynda Bird is the inspiration behind this Guemes tradition. She leads by example and has inspired the growth of this beautiful art form. Since the first island parade in 2017, the numbers have increased every year… except for a COVID-19 break in 2020 and 2021. The 2022 parade had swans, orcas, jellyfish, chambered nautilus, great blue heron plus lots of fish and stars. 

Prior to Earth Day 2023, Loalynda plans to open her “Paper Birds Studio” to teach more luminary building classes. Her joy of the art form and love of teaching make the classes inspiring and fun. 

 

VIEW MORE PHOTOS ON OUR COMMUNITY PAGE