Update: Donations save the day for West Seattle Grand Parade!

(WSB photo from 2011 West Seattle Grand Parade)
“Thanks, everyone, for your support of this wonderful West Seattle tradition!” says West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards, reporting good news today: They’re received enough sponsor pledges and community donations “to move forward with this year,” two days after putting out a last call for $ help. In addition to the barricade costs – $7,000, as previously reported – they also deal with an even-higher cost for other elements of producing the parade, including permits, trophies, and liability insurance; Jim notes, “At a time when our veteran community has grown smaller with the passage of the elder members of the American Legion, it will be wonderful to help reduce the burden on the Post.” Jim and the other volunteers who coordinate the parade are still catching up on tallying the donations and figuring out where things stand, as well as planning for the future to avoid a donation-drive panic EVERY year – so they don’t have a detailed update yet, but wanted to get this news out. Go ahead and mark your calendar for July 21st (and if you’d like to run/walk the parade route, register now for the first-ever Float Dodger 5K before the parade!).

P.S. Another reminder that one of the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (maps here) sales this Saturday is a benefit for the parade, at Legion Post 160 – sale #140.

4 Replies to "Update: Donations save the day for West Seattle Grand Parade!"

  • pam May 9, 2012 (12:51 pm)

    Thank you to those who were able to donate!

  • westseattledood May 9, 2012 (1:08 pm)

    Awesome. Group hug Parade Brigade!

  • kg May 9, 2012 (5:39 pm)

    Good to hear!

  • LAP May 9, 2012 (9:31 pm)

    Hurrah! Of all the parades that I was in during my Hi-Yu days…this was one of the best. Hi-Yu, Seafair, Capitol Lakefair and the Daffodil Festival parades (yes…there are 4!) were my favorites. Thank you to the generous donors. I’m proud to be West Seattle born and bred!

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