Returns after one-year absence
The annual Twisp Fourth of July parade is on track to be back this year, after a COVID-related hiatus in 2020.
The Twisp Chamber of Commerce has filed a parade permit request with the Town of Twisp. Pending approval of the request by the Town Council, the parade will once again make its way down Glover Street starting from the TwispWorks campus.
Jamie Petitto, marketing director for the Twisp chamber, said she’s been assured that the town has no objections to the parade and that a permit will be approved with whatever conditions are appropriate.
“The Town had organized/‘hosted’ the parade in the past, but handed the responsibility over to the chamber in 2019,” Petitto said in an email.
Petitto said that more information will be available for potential participants when the permit has been approved by town action. The chamber will also be asking for volunteers to meet parade participants at TwispWorks from 10-11 a.m. to organize the event, or to help with post-parade cleanup.
The parade typically features quite a few people on horseback, floats, music, antique cars, animals, organizations with banners and the always-popular Okanogan County Fire District 6 fire trucks. It starts at 11 a.m. on the Fourth of July, which is a Sunday this year.
However, the Methow Valley Arts Fest — canceled in 2020 — will again not be held this year. The festival is usually held in the Twisp Town Park immediately after the parade concludes.
Amanda Jackson Mott, executive director of Methow Arts, said the organization is instead planning a series of Summer Boat-In concerts at Patterson Lake on June 26, July 10 and Aug. 14. More information about those events will be available soon.