That’s just a small stretch of the hundreds of kids (and grownups!) who participated in this morning’s Admiral 4th of July Kids’ Parade. Despite 17 years of living in West Seattle, we have to admit we’d never been before – but it’s unquestionably the biggest West Seattle event of the holiday aside from fireworks viewing. Here’s a photo of organizer Sherri Chun just before the parade, with Mayor (and Admiral resident) Nickels and West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival court members off to the left.
We also have video of what Hizzoner had to say (including a presidential-campaign joke), plus a local pediatrician singing the national anthem (he’s good!), a click ahead:
Here’s the national anthem as performed by Dr. Roger Scholten, who apparently did the same thing a couple years ago and came back today for an encore:
Hard act to follow, but West Seattle’s Most Famous Politician did his best:
The whistle you heard at the end of that clip marked the parade’s official start. From there, the hundreds of participants strolled west on Sunset before turning south, going up to Atlantic, and heading back east, crossing California with the help of Seattle Police, and rolling down Palm to Hamilton Viewpoint for games, food, and general celebration. Last but not least, a long clip that will give you an idea just how big this was!