Rhododendron Festival under way in PT

PORT TOWNSEND — The 73rd annual Rhododendron Festival will flower into its most showy blossoms this weekend.

Two parades and a bed race will fill the uptown and downtown streets with floats, marching bands, car clubs, children, and wildly decorated beds.

That’s not all that’s going on this weekend.

For a complete schedule of the Rhododendron festival this weekend, check today’s Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News weekly entertainment guide, in today’s paper.

The first of the festival’s community oriented parades — the pet parade — was on Thursday, offering not only the usual dogs and cats, but also turtles and hedgehogs.

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