The Welcome the Whales parade made a triumphant return to the downtown streets of Langley after a two-year hiatus induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. What began as a small event in 2004 has since morphed into a large, joyous celebration. The free-form parade marched down Second and First streets before ending in Seawall Park for some whale-watching. The whales did not show up this year to join in on the fun.
According to Howard Garrett, co-founder of the Orca Network, the whales have never shown up to a parade before.
This year’s parade was followed by an educational presentation led by Sue Moore, an affiliate professor for the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the University of Washington who shared her gray whale wisdom.