photos by Jung Vu and Larry Clinton | story by Larry Clinton
Mari Steeno—Parade Organizer—(along with Michele Affronte)
After a three-year hiatus, dozens of floating homes residents and friends dusted off their humming toadfish t-shirts and kazoos to march in the Sausalito Fourth of July Parade. Led by mermaids Michele Affronte and 10-year-old Clare Vu, along with Keith Shaw as Neptune, the kazoo band drew smiles and waves throughout the route with their repertoire of patriotic and nautical ditties. At the reviewing stand, Keith gave a dramatic recitation of Gordon Haight’s poem “Toadfish Love,” and the judges awarded the group second place plaques in two categories: best float and best music.
Clare later commented:
Although it was cold, it felt like the sun came out just to watch the parade! It was fun.
Congratulations to parade organizers Michele, Mari Steeno (who donated her convertible), Katherine Boschetto and drum majorette Julie Durbin. Let’s hope the band returns every year …but the toadfish do not!
Mari received a nice thank you note from the City of Sausalito Parks and Rec:
I hope you all have recovered by now and have realized that you were part of something special this past Monday. The City of Sausalito’s 4th of July Festivities were a rousing success and YOU were a HUGE part of that. No matter what you contributed, it was worth it. In the chaos of the day you might not have noticed all the smiles on everyone’s faces, but they were too numerous to count and you helped put them there.
Julie Myers | Rec Supervisor Special Events | City of Sausalito Parks and Rec
Thanks again for all you do for the City!