by Edith Cody-Rice

Photos by Marilyn Snedden and Edith Cody-Rice 

The streets of Almonte came alive on August 9 and 10 for the 10th anniversary edition of Puppets Up! . The festival was oversold and thousands of children and adults roamed the streets of Almonte and sat in the tent theatres delighting in the performances. The Millstone and Marilyn Snedden snapped these photos of the Puppet Parade on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was glorious!

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Volunteers at the festival in their green volunthero shirts
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If pigs could fly
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Mississippi Mills John Levi and local MP Gordon O’Connor accompanied by their puppets
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and his new Noreen Young puppet were the parade marshalls
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Elvis
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A dragon snakes its way down Mill Street
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A Dixieland band provides parade accompaniment
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a foot puppet
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Tim Holland’s Puppet Tamer puppets in a boar
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stilt walker
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Kids on the Block puppets
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Dancers
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Try yourself in a new persona
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Balcony puppets provide a running commentary on the parade
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A puppet look alike
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Soldier puppets perform to music on Mill Street
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Puppets Up! 10th anniversary birthday cake.
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The children’s Chalk Garden
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An exhausted puppet at the end of Sunday’s activity