Party in hope parade won’t be forgotten

TRADITIONAL FUN: Jason tests out his own coconut shy
TRADITIONAL FUN: Jason tests out his own coconut shy
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The fond memories of watching the Tulip Parade from his grandmother’s window as a child has encouraged one Spalding man to keep the spirit of the festival alive.

Jason Watson will host his own Tulip Parade party this weekend with all the traditional aspects of the Tulip Parade from a homemade float to family fun games.

Jason said: “I’ve lived in Spalding all my life and I’ve watched the Tulip Parade all my life.

“It would have been the Tulip Parade this weekend but it’s finished and so it will just feel like a normal Saturday now. So I thought I would do a Tulip Parade party to keep the memories going.

“My nan lived on Kings Road and for as long as I can remember I used to look out of the window and wave and watch the parade pass by.”

With a new addition to his home arriving on Saturday, a hot tub, Jason’s family and friends are looking forward to testing the waters in more than one way. While they take a dip in the bubbles they’ll be hoping more families in Spalding will be inspired to have similar Tulip parties.

Jason said: “Eventually I hope every family has their own. The Tulip Parade will just be forgotten about otherwise.”

Jason has made a float for the children to sit behind and have a photo taken as if they’re in the parade.

“It took me four hours to do on Sunday morning. I was going to do quite a few of them but after that one I thought no, that will do.”

Also featuring is a barbecue and entertainment for the young and old including ‘pin the tulip on the float’, a coconut shy and videos of past parades on the TV so everyone can pretend they’re watching the parade pass by as Jason once did.

He said: “There’s loads to look forward to and hopefully decent weather.”