West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Meet the Grand Marshals

Another big weekend ahead, rain or shine – including the West Seattle Grand Parade‘s 2011 edition, presented by American Legion Post 160, Saturday (July 23) at 11 am, from California/Lander to California/Edmunds. We’ll be previewing it all week long, starting this morning with parade organizers’ announcement of two of the special honorees you’ll see toward the start of the parade – the Grand Marshals, Art and Gloria Peters:

(2007 West Seattle Grand Parade photo by Creighton)
Art and Gloria have been parade favorites for close to a decade now – a long-married couple who are U.S. Navy veterans from World War II and the Korean War. We talked to them along the pre-parade sidelines three years ago. Adding three years to what they told us then, they’ve been married for 64 years, and the longevity of their union is what their parade vehicle usually pays homage to, “Art and Gloria, still married” (as seen here). Cheer them on – along with the 70-plus other entries/participants – this Saturday, all along this route, following the West Seattle Rotary Kiddie Parade at 10 am on a shorter route southbound from California/Genesee (all kids invited to join in, more info here).

4 Replies to "West Seattle Grand Parade countdown: Meet the Grand Marshals"

  • Christie July 18, 2011 (2:32 pm)

    I just love this parade – my kids and i have been coming to this parade for 10 years. Can’t wait for saturday.

  • Mike July 18, 2011 (11:17 pm)

    Art and Gloria as Grand Marshals is awesome. I like that. Classic American hero’s, good stuff.

  • Liz Nelson July 18, 2011 (11:25 pm)

    Can’t wait! This parade is our favorite and we look forward to it every year. We’ve been going for well over 15 years now. We have one designated area we sit and the whole family shows up! It is a blast.

  • Diane July 19, 2011 (4:39 pm)

    Hello WS business owners, community organizations and neighbors….just a reminder…when you see a Hi-Yu member selling buttons for $1.00…PLEASE BUY ONE. We have the last community built float in Seattle that travels to other festivals in the NW. Your donations go towards our proud float and our scholarship program. Support Hi-Yu and buy a button! Thanks West Seattle!!

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