Happy 4th Of July! It was a beautiful day for the Junonia Jalopy to make an appearance in the Sanibel parade. And even more exciting was that our friends Susan (soul sister), Berringer, Jacob and Daron wanted to walk along side Clark and me in the Junonia Jalopy to show off their love for shelling too!
So Susan and I had a blast making seashell costumes…
We started by painting seashell designs on foam core board then cutting them out…
We made these to fit as a sandwich board type costume so we needed to make signs for the back side attached with ribbon (we found aqua ribbon with white stitching!) … so we made iLoveShelling signs and embellished them with a few shells of course…
We even found aqua buckets to hold our shells that we handed out to the crowd. How cute are they!!
Since the theme was “Sanibel #1 Vacation Destination” from the Frommer’s rating in this year, we decided to remind everybody that Sanibel is #1 Shelling Destination too!
Here are some other fantastic floats in the Sanibel parade like the Captiva Island Yacht Club float…
I loooove this float by Tammie’s Total Care!
Take a look at this huge castle on Congress Jewelers float…
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum had their float sporting their Great Cowrie Roundup…
Here’s Doc Ford’s float…
I wish I could have seen all of the floats because I heard there were so many creative ideas and lots of fun. Thank you Sharon from Cottages to Castles for sending me this photo of Susan walking the parade in her SAND DOLLAR costume… So cute!
We think we handed out around 700 shells this year. Now you know what we do with all of those shells we collect! Okay, did you notice something about the ALPHABET CONE Daron had on? Do you see letters?
Thanks Captain Brian for sending this last photo! Happy 4th!
Pam, that looks like so much fun I love the shell costumes!! Very cute. Yes, the first thing I spotted on the alphabet cone was the name of your fabulous blog!!
700 shells. Omg. That is a lot of shells!
HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!!!
The Alphabet Cone is really cute…so creative and the parade looked like it was really fun!
I think it was cooler on Sanibel than here in Milwaukee…we topped at 102 today! Yikes with the dewpoint of 69 on top of that. No relief until the weekend.
Hey there- it’s me, the Sand dollar! Oh what a great time we had today- thanks Pam and Clark, for letting us help out!
You made a really cute sand dollar Susan. You guys did such a great job on the costumes and float!!
Nicely done !!!
Wow, how great! I’m glad everyone had a good time!
Parade walkers up this way throw candy to the kids and pass out political flyers to the grown-ups. I like the idea of shells so much better!
When we visited Sanibel for the Shellabration in March I got a little bag of shells at the door that had a fantastic assortment. I suspect that you also contributed to that give away.
This is an amazing crew you gathered. It feels as if this should be a feature article in Southern LIving or some other wonderful magazine or show.
My love to you and Clark,
Turned out great! Love that Susan and her family were the strolling shells!
That really looked like a lot of fun!
Great parade! Enjoyed meeting you (albeit briefly) and glad you and Clark liked the red, white, and blue beads. Our family enjoyed our second Fourth of July parade. We hope to hit the low tide at the lighthouse tonight. Linda Harageones from Pensacola with Illinois family. P. S. “The Illinois Three” thoroughly enjoyed the Road Rally and hopefully won best decorated car!!
Linda- You were so sweet to give us those beads and I’m so glad I got to meet you too! We’ve done the road rally only once and had a great time. I hope the Illinois Three pulls out a WIN!
Looks like so much fun! Sorry I didn’t get to meet you last weekend Pam. I didn’t get too much beach time. I’ll be back sometime in August and for a week in Sept, so I’ll meet you sometime soon!
Pam, you are so creative! The float and walkers looked great.
Wow, great job everyone!! Looks awesome & so much fun. Wish I was there! Great job!!
You guys look awesome!!! So sorry we missed the parade by one day – had to come home on the 3rd. Can’t wait for October. Saw the dredge heading south on Sunday – is it gone for good?????? Blind Pass has changed so much in two months!!!