The parade also featured artist Peter Hazel's massive mosaic sculpture that measures 7-feet high, 12-feet wide, and weighs close to 7,000 pounds as well as Thad Starr's record breaking 1,775 pound pumpkin.
The weather was sunny and 70+ degrees. The bees were zinging around all the tasty food, the Mavericks Ale was flowing, the crowds were there, the art booths were chock full of cool stuff, and the pumpkin spirit was high and mighty. What more could Half Moon Bay ask for on the first day of the 42nd Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival?
The highlight of the event is certainly the parade. It’s the ultimate old-fashioned, home-spun parade, featuring the mighty weigh-off champion pumpkin and grower, followed by Mayor Alifano, Farmer John and his biggest Coastside pumpkin, the Cunha and Half Moon Bay High school bands — which were really on cue and in-step this year by the way — as well as the Ballet Folklorico dance troupe, Gymtowne gymnasts, Half Moon Bay firefighters, Boys & Girls Club, Coastside Mother's Club, Coastal Rep, and more.
Here are some photos from this wonderful, colorful parade highlighting the Half Moon Bay community at its best.
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