This year was my fifth year walking with our supporters in Ely’s 4th of July Parade. In past years we have normally pulled or portaged our petition canoes, and each year the number of supporters joining us in the parade and the cheers from the crowd have grown as more folks become aware of the threats posed to the Boundary Waters by proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.
After the great turnout of support in 2019, we decided to put together a float for 2020 (unfortunately, that didn’t happen for obvious reasons). This year with a borrowed large flatbed trailer (thank you Paul), an Ely Outfitting Company van (thank you Jason), and the help of some great volunteers (thank you Peta, Carolyn, Bill, Reid, David, and Erwin), we were able to put together a great loon nest float for "Ima BaLOON."
The supporter turnout for this year’s parade was phenomenal (over 80 people came and marched with us!) - it was great to meet some new supporters and to have an opportunity to catch up with old friends that I haven’t seen since before the pandemic. A huge thank you to everyone that braved the heat to walk with us in the parade! We’ll see what we can put together for next year.