It’s the unofficial start of parade season.  The Occidental Fools Parade went off without a hitch in downtown Occidental Saturday afternoon.  The seamless blending of happy hippies, geeks, thespians, wine country tourists and whoever else wanted to flaunt their Bay to Breakers paraphernalia, became a west county resident for an hour or two.

Fun to shoot?  You bet.  I keep telling myself to shoot video of the event, but the still images are so fun to make.  I encourage anyone who may be inclined to dress incoherently, to attend next year. You won’t regret it.

Gary Avreim of Sebastopol does his best to blend in at the Occidental Fools Parade, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Freda Rowley of Berkeley shades the sun during the Occidental Fools Parade, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

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Ramon Sender of San Francisco prepares for the Occidental Fools Parade, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Karena Kirkpatrick of San Francisco brough stilts and a wig to the Occidental Fools Parade, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The Occidental Fools Parade begins, Saturday April 2, 2011 in downtown Occidental. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter