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Wild Trout, Wild Things on Main Street

Livingston Manor’s 14th Annual Trout Parade
By Lillian Browne


Trout of all shape and sizes, including this multi-person puppet, “swam” down Livingston Manor’s Main Street in the 14th annual Trout Parade, held on June 9. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Trout of all shape and sizes, including this multi-person puppet, “swam” down Livingston Manor’s Main Street in the 14th annual Trout Parade, held on June 9. Lillian Browne/The Reporter LIVINGSTON MANOR - Celebrating its heritage as a river town with a nod to all things wild - trout included, Livingston Manor celebrated its 14th annual Trout Parade on Saturday, June 9.

The annual event, a collaboration between the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and the Catskill Art Society, benefits the art and music departments at Livingston Manor Central School. The parade has evolved into an afternoon-long street fair, with area businesses celebrating and capitalizing on the themed event which brings thousands of people into the small hamlet to shop, dine and discover gems in “The Manor” that range from vintage retailers, to farm stand stores, to some of the region’s best fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreational opportunities. “Don’t forget the art,” said event coproducer Sally Wright, the executive director at the Catskill Art Society.The annual trout parade attracts performers and supporters of the arts from outside the area who providing an interpretive artisitic, dramatic flair, as depicted by the ghostly, stilt-walking, plastic-bucket drum banging chanters.
The annual trout parade attracts performers and supporters of the arts from outside the area who providing an interpretive artisitic, dramatic flair, as depicted by the ghostly, stilt-walking, plastic-bucket drum banging chanters.

Not only is the parade the region’s foremost art parade - it supports the arts at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce President Maria Bivins, owner of Life Repurposed, a vintage upcycled retailer, said the parade and daylong events are one way the business community helps support elective school programs, which are often under-funded.

Last year’s parade events netted $1,000 for the school’s music and art programs.

This year’s parade was themed after the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” merged with the abundant wild trout that taunt anglers in the area’s two famed fishing streams - the Beaver Kill and the Willowemoc Creek.

Various groups interpreted the theme, including the middle and high school marching band, whose The Livingston Manor Central School Marching Band was outfitted as characters from the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”, for the parade.
The Livingston Manor Central School Marching Band was outfitted as characters from the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”, for the parade. members were outfitted as characters from the children’s classic.

Trout puppets and costumes of all kinds continue to be annually popular. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum participated with a multi-person “float” with an angler unsuccessfully casting for a large, 6-person brown trout - which “swam” behind a boat-laden-tractor.

Lisa Lyons, owner of Morgan Outdoors, and an avid hiker and Chamber member, said the parade is one way to celebrate the river town’s heritage as well as its pristine landscape.An angling-marcher caught a kissing fish at the 14th Annual Trout Parade in Livingston Manor.
An angling-marcher caught a kissing fish at the 14th Annual Trout Parade in Livingston Manor.

The parade was led by not one - but two grand marshals - Van Morrow and Bruce Shelton. The parade was emceed by Wade St. Germain, locally known as Cabernet Frank, whose microphoned voice could be heard echoing up and down Main Street through a crowd numbering upward of 1,000 people, chanting “Hip, hip parade!”

For more information about upcoming events in Livingston Manor, visit the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce or Catskills Art Society’s Facebook page.

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