Take It or Leave It Themed 4th of July Parade

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Fourth of July Parade theme “Lopez: Take It or Leave It” inspired the community to focus on reuse this summer. LSWDD was very honored to have led the parade in true Zero Waste fashion with LSWDD founding board members riding in Electric Vehicles, bikes, and walking as official Grand Marshals.

Pictured above is founding SWAP board member, Kate Scott, along with long time LSWDD volunteer and Trashion Fashionista Jonanne Bryant riding on the “Queen TIOLI’s Magic Tea Party” Float. She was joined by LSWDD board member Tytti Langford, and Marney Reynolds who were fabulously dressed in past costumes from Trashion Fashion shows. Artist Debbie Collins donated her time and talent to create the signs on the float that said “Repurpose, Reduce, Recycle” and “Take It or Leave It”. In true reuse fashion, these lovely signs are now hung inside the TIOLI thanks to the installing help of our District Manager, Paul Andersson. 

Volunteers, staff, past and present LSWDD and SWAP board members walked in the parade and distributed reusable shopping bags to adults and clean, gently used stuffed animals to kids. Reusable bags were wrapped in a small reminder that San Juan County has a plastic bag ban in effect, and to enjoy this reusable bag compliments of LSWDD. Parade goers had to answer “What are the 3 R’s” to receive these prizes. Acceptable answers ranged from Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to Reimagine, Repurpose, Rot! Many a laugh was had when folks gave us the old answer of “Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic!”