Langley to welcome whales with annual parade

  • Tue Apr 14th, 2015 9:14pm
  • Life

Howard Garrett

Langley will welcome gray whales and visitors with family activities, a parade of the species through town, music and a celebration at Seawall Park on Saturday, April 18.

Festivities begin with educational exhibits and parade costume-making at 11 a.m. at Langley United Methodist Church, Third Street and Anthes Avenue.

The parade will start at 1:30 p.m. at the US Bank parking lot, proceed east down Second Street and end at Seawall Park on First Street.

At Seawall Park, music and celebrating will follow a blessing of the whales at 2 p.m.

The parade is an opportunity to celebrate marine mammals such as gray whales and orcas that frequent the waters off Langley’s shores.

Rain or shine, parade-goers come adorned in sealife-themed attire or in regular clothing to march along Langley’s streets.

James Sumich, whale researcher and author of “E.robustus: The Biology & Human History of Gray Whales” will give a talk at 3 p.m., at Langley United Methodist Church.

For more information, go to OrcaNetwork.org or call 360-331-3543.