Mouthful: Apple blossoms — and a parade, too

  • The Apple Blossom Parade in downtown Sebastopol, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

<strong>Apple Blossom Time:</strong> This year, the 68th Annual Apple Blossom Parade and Festival coincides with the actual blossoms the parade celebrates. All over western Sonoma County, apple trees are decked out in their spring halo of flowers. It is a glorious sight.

The parade is pretty glorious, too, with well over a hundred participants. There's even a diaper service joining in this year.

Highlights include Dachshunds on Parade, which many people name as their favorite part of the parade, the Sebastopol Farmers Market, Andy's Produce Market, Balletto Vineyards, Sebastopol Grange and so much more.

The parade kicks off at Analy High School at 10 a.m. and concludes around noon just south of downtown, at Calder Ave.

This year's theme is Red, White and Blues Blossoms.

The festival, which takes place in nearby Ives Park, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You'll find a full schedule of music, exhibits, food and beverages at <a href="http://appleblossomfest.com" target="_blank">appleblossomfest.com</a>.

<strong>More Post-Parade Fun:</strong> Following the Apple Blossom Parade, HopMonk Tavern (230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol) hosts its 7th Annual Beer Blossom Festival. Doors open at noon and music gets started around 1 p.m. The Bootleg Honeys are up first, with E-Minor and the Dirty Diamonds and the Highway Poets following. This part of the celebration is free, with plenty of food and drink available for purchase.

At 8 p.m., the After Party begins, with Kingsborough taking the stage at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

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