“Oh, thank goodness!” I shouted, when I heard that the annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade was making its return upstream last Saturday, after a COVID-induced hiatus. If you know me at …
“Oh, thank goodness!” I shouted, when I heard that the annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade was making its return upstream last Saturday, after a COVID-induced hiatus. If you know me at all, then you know I love me a good parade, and thankfully there’s no shortage of them here in the Catskills and Upper Delaware River region.
Voted “Best Parade” in the 2019 River Reporter Readers’ Choice awards, the Trout Parade is one of my favorites, and I was virtually bubbling with excitement as I threw Dharma’s stroller (don’t judge!) in the pickup, tossed her in the front seat and zoomed off, at $4.99 per gallon, thank you very much.
“Created to bring together the Livingston Manor region and the Sullivan Catskills at large,” the Trout Parade is (according to their Facebook page) “a volunteer-led annual street fair produced by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce.” I took note that 162 of my friends like the same page and I’m fairly sure that most of them were lining Main Street in the Manor, along with visitors, families and more dogs than Dharma and I have ever seen before. Each dog was wagging with excitement before the parade began.
“Ours is a small mountain town with a huge back yard, and packed with local businesses that make visiting and living here a joy,” the town’s website declares. “Located in the southwest corner of the Catskill Park, Livingston Manor boasts world-class trout-fishing streams, hiking, hunting, waterfalls, lakes and ponds, as well as a vibrant community of breweries, restaurants, lodgings, shops and more.”
Oh, and a parade saluting all things trout. The theme changes yearly, which makes for even more fishy fun, and I was excited to see everyone’s interpretation of “Trouter Space” this time around.
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Fun fact: Large sections of the Willowemoc are open to public fishing. It is an especially popular and picturesque fly fishing stream. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is on the Willowemoc, not far from Livingston Manor, on old Route 17.
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