The Butter and Egg Parade 2008… Welcome to Petaluma.

This is where I live. Petaluma, California, home of the Butter and Egg Day Parade for 27 years. This year the theme of the celebration was Petaluma’s 150th Birthday. The town celebrated in its usual style with a Cow Chip Throwing Contest, a Cutest Chick Contest and, of course, the parade, which I was assigned to photograph by the local paper, The Argus Courier. Here are my top favorites.

On more than one occasion I have said this town reminds me of Pleasantville, and in doing research for this post, I read that Petaluma has often been a favorite for movies because it has an “Americana” visual appeal. And one of the movies filmed here? Any guesses?

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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One Comment

  1. […] Derby Bout…. and I am so glad I did. Although deciding to go, after 6 hours photographing the Butter and Egg Parade in the hot sun, was not an easy decision to make. The Bout started at 10 pm Saturday night and at […]


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