We all know that fish is heart-healthy, but sometimes it’s also good for a laugh. Recently, I was in upstate New York to attend the 11th annual Trout Parade, an obscure annual parade designed to tout the trout. My friends have a summer home there, and the unique event has become something of a yearly tradition for us.
This flamboyantly fishy festival takes place on the moderately-sized Main Street in the town of Livingston Manor–the self-proclaimed “birthplace of fly fishing”. There are stilt-walkers, classic cars, and plenty o’ fish costumes.
Parade-goers are mainly comprised of locals from the Manor, as well as the neighboring town of Roscoe, affectionately known as Trout Town USA. A few scattered city-dwellers and tourists are mixed in, but for the most part, it’s the same attendees wearing the same hats while dining on delicious smoked trout rolls (I’ve been at the parade for the past four years now, and I’m starting to recognize people by the strategic position of their folding chairs).
While the old adage that laughter is the best medicine may not be universally true, it certainly doesn’t hurt your chances of recovery. So the next time you have a cold and just happen to be vacationing in the Catskills, schedule a pit stop in good ol’ Trout Town USA. Be on the lookout for any spontaneous parades, and make sure you try the fish. It’s good for your health, after all!
(Photos taken by K. Abrahams for Vitals.com)